Can any discerning person question the fact that systematic development of reading skills is essential for the success of every school-going child today? Reading isn’t really indispensable in the process of constructing knowledge. People who cannot read can acquire knowledge and apply the same reasonably well to life. But isn’t the ability to read vital to operating proficiently in today’s societies, at least by way of understanding and responding to instructions, warnings, road signs and the like anywhere in the world?
Reading involves a complex creative process of the human psyche for decoding written symbols placed in particular patterns to mean something specific. First, words are broken down into their most basic sounds through the process of ‘decoding.’ Later, the meaning of words, sentences and, ultimately, entire passages of text are progressively decoded further and comprehended. Reading develops language skills, sequential logical abilities, analytical and problem-solving competencies, the creative imagination and the capacity to discover new things. Reading skills are crucial even for a person’s sense of self-esteem. The ability to read and imbibe from reading enhances and accentuates the processes of creating knowledge transforming it into one of the most important learning skills which increase the creativity of the mind by utilizing and driving the infinite range of competencies necessary for making effectual sense of all that constitutes the universe that we inhabit.utilizing and driving the infinite range of competencies necessary for making effectual sense of all that constitutes the universe that we inhabit.
All schools must consciously aim to equip its students with the entire range of skills from ‘learning to read and reading to learn’ to enhance their overall capacity for lifelong learning and facilitate better whole-person development by promoting a potent reading culture both inside and outside the four walls of the classroom. This is central to not only the processes of education but also the achievement of practical efficiency, proper grooming of the entire personality as well as the notions and practices of cultured living.
Every child lives very much in a unique world of his or her own, created and structured largely in the manner of a good story. Hence, it isn’t too difficult to make young people fall in love with various kinds of stories from around the world. Getting them to listen to outstanding storytellers must be strengthened by setting up a truly fantastic school library to ignite their imagination and make them appreciate that the best stories come in the written form.
Every school, teacher, and parent must concurrently be aware that the run-of-the-mill textbooks, which must be studied, leave nothing to a child’s curiosity or creativity and appear so boring to youngsters that they are often put off reading for fun altogether. School libraries with their inspiring ambience and mandatory reading schemes incorporating exciting incentives must be put in place to develop in young minds not only the pleasure of reading interesting fictional and nonfictional literature but also the love for focused inquiry-based research-oriented creation as well as the application of knowledge.