If we asked a teenager, how many hours he spends in the day on the Internet, especially in Social Networks, we would be surprised. And if we asked him how many books he has read so far this year, we would also be surprised.
Surely he has spent half of the day socializing on his computer, but he has hardly finished a novel since January 2012 until now. Or throughout his life.
However, perhaps it has never been so important to know how to read and understand what is read as in this era; in which information flows rapidly and requires an almost immediate understanding.
Who does not know how to analyze a text today, can hardly make good use of New Technologies, in what comprises a rational and consistent use of them.
And I would venture to say: The current society, the society of the 21st century is the society of Reading.
We can say that Reading is the most effective means for acquiring knowledge as it enriches our vision of reality, intensifies our logical and creative thinking, and facilitates the capacity for expression.
It plays a fundamental role in increasing our intellectual capacity and, therefore, our development as an independent human being.
Reading is equivalent to thinking, just as knowing how to read means being able to identify the basic ideas of a text, grasp the most relevant details and provide critical judgment about what is being read.
In short, reading involves reasoning, creating, dreaming and becoming more tolerant and respectful of each other’s differences, it consists in learning to observe society from a new, more objective point of view, away from prejudices and contradictory ideas. reality.
Developing a taste for reading, as well as encouraging the people around us to read should be a challenge that each of us should consider.
The democratic societies in which we live demand increasingly more thinking citizens and free of archaic and dangerous ideas that could harm their good functioning.
We must make reading a permanent habit, converting the act of reading into a pleasant, rewarding and shared moment.
Unquestionably, not knowing how to read in the technological society in which we live can only lead to social, cultural, political and economic exclusion; or what is worse, to an absolute banishment from the main areas in which most of the members of the society of which we are a part move.
If we want to be the owners of the New Technologies and not only their slaves, we only have one way: Learn to read and understand what we have read.
That is the main challenge that we all have today.
The importance of language is increasingly valued in modern societies. This is because it not only defines the human being, but also facilitates and perfects human relationships in themselves and the context that surrounds them.
Reading is the true path to knowledge and freedom, since it allows us to travel along the paths of time and space, as well as to know and understand different societies and their cultures.
In children, reading not only entertains and develops their vocabulary, but also encourages their imagination, increases academic and daily life knowledge, and facilitates interaction with other members of society.
In the document “Towards Societies of Knowledge” (Unesco, 2005), it is proposed that from a society as highly technological as the one we live in, both writing and accounting should be omnipresent and indispensable elements for daily life and the exercise of the citizenship.
Knowing how to read is one of the pillars for the acquisition and transmission of knowledge in our daily lives, but also in the academic world. It is important that children acquire and train this skill since they are small, because as the academic progress is made, the level of demand increases, which demands greater reading and writing skills.
Reading is one of the ways to access knowledge but it is also an activity that is involved in most activities of our daily life: Knowing how to read the prices of things, knowing how to read the signs or rules of the places to which we go, understand contracts, invoices and documents in general, access to the knowledge transmitted to us by books and stories told by novels .
The reading domain, writing and elementary calculus remain the primary objectives for “Learning to Learn” and develop increasingly as autonomous beings, and not dependent on any government or ideology of the day.
It is good for children to read; this everyone knows. In fact, there are many programs to promote reading that encourage children to start reading very soon. The key question is why it is good for children to read and why it is good that they do so as soon as possible.
That children start reading between 2 and 5 years (which is what we can consider as early ages) has many benefits, beyond preparing children for primary school.