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Editorial: Summer Reading

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As summer approaches, many students fear the dreaded summer reading assignments. While lots of students do enjoy reading in their free time, many wish that they could choose their own books. Students enjoy reading more when they are able to read genres and authors they already know and like. Students find that lengthy assignments are pointless because, when school starts up again, teachers often assign an essay or another project based on the reading. After that, the summer projects the students worked so hard on are forgotten. Perhaps the biggest problem with summer reading stems from its forced nature. Once something is forced, it automatically becomes a chore. This mindset can be detrimental towards someone’s attitude about reading in general, and can then cause them to be deterred from reading in the future.

Struggling through a book that was assigned will not get students engaged in reading. The average high schooler will not be able to list a favorite book, let alone a favorite author, or even a favorite genre. This shows a lack of interest amongst our generation, a lack of interest that stems from a structured summer reading program, one that associates reading with the nuisance of mandatory assignments. If students were able to choose their own book to read over the summer, free of the restraints of reading lists or graded essays, then this detachment to reading would end. Students will have positive associations with reading if they are able to choose to read a book that captivates their interests.

 

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Editorial: Summer Reading