Students don’t want to read

Flipping through pages filled with line after line of words. Or thumbing through a social media feed full of pictures and bright colors. The latter seems to appeal more to most students.

“Yes, I hate reading. It’s boring and the regular paperback book has become obsolete over the years,” freshman Joshua Selvan said. The invention of the internet gave books competition. They aren’t the only source of information anymore. According to Stacy Glover, the reading coach, it’s not a good thing that students aren’t reading anymore. “The more we read, the more we are able to comprehend more difficult texts. The more we read; the more we know,” she said.

But some students don’t think that way. “You can look at words on page but if you don’t try, you won’t comprehend it,” sophomore Justin Anderson said. “I like social media because of the visual effect. They appeal to the eye more than textbooks do.”

Because of this, some teachers have turned to new methods. Teachers have introduced new strategies to their classrooms with new note taking strategies, group work and other interactive methods with technology like Kahoot.

But some students still prefer to take notes, like Alex Ashley, a senior. He said that “I prefer to take notes of PowerPoint because I can remember what I wrote again,” he said.

There are some students across the district that say that they still enjoy reading, and for just recreational purposes. “I read a book every day, for at least an hour and a half. They can be really interesting and they help expand the reader’s vocabulary,” Khyas Smith said.

According to a study conducted by Book Riot, students who read 15 minutes or more per day are 46 percent more likely to make steady gains in reading test scores than those that don’t.

To Glover, the expectation for instant gratification has turned students off books. “When a teenager finds a book that interests them, they are much more likely to read it,” she Glover said. “Because social media is real time, people get more up to date info, but at the same time we rely on social media for everything, we are putting books in the backburner.”