Let me start by saying that I don’t know how people find the time to write blogs, read others’ blogs, comment on blogs, maintain wikispaces, surf the net, surf the net and actually read interesting sites/articles, apply new technology to respective industries, read the newspaper – online or from the front doorstep, do laundry, feed the dog, make dinner, pay bills, plan their next teaching lesson or unit, read interesting and challenging literature, pray and meditate, exercise (more than bending over to pull on socks), play with their children, take their children to dentist appointments, bathe, spend time with their spouses – and how about actually spending meaningful time with their spouses, and sleep. Do any of you sleep?
Whew! Just needed to get that out there. Having dumped that, as you are choosing between the many activities of your day, check out this blog on the value of reading. I maintain a subscription to Successful Teaching by Pat Hensley, which I have found to be a blog of substance consistently. She comments on another blog entitled Encountering the Other: How Literature Will Save the World.
Extraordinary post. I had not previously recognized that particular benefit from reading which was identified – the connection to and understanding of others. As I reflect on it, reading, and reading literature specifically, certainly does engage us with others across geography, chronology, and culture.
Our kids – and now I understand many adults – are becoming self-absorbed due to the nature of and time spent engaging in social media (Facebook, twitter). Moreover, the absorption appears to be very superficial. I recently heard that 25% of people who are on Facebook actually update their page before even getting out of bed in the morning. Seriously, what’s to update?
Reading is difficult. Thinking – and I mean really being engaged in the task of thinking – is difficult. Both require exertion. The author of “Encountering . . . ” makes a commitment to engage herself and her students in the tasks of reading and thinking about what they’re reading. I’ve decided to make a more concerted effort in this area myself – and once you’ve read these blogs, I suspect you will do the same (in between doing the laundry, paying the bills, exercising, making dinner . . . ).
http://www.flickr.com/photos/angelaypablo/860181962/Our computers by Aranarth
http://www.flickr.com/photos/astrid/4151899795/ running with dog by AstridWestvang
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rajarshi/3729332748/ magic of books by Rishi S