Happy International Literacy Day!
One of my high school students once asked me, “Mister, why do we read?” I was pretty sure he was trying to get me off on a tangent (which my students quickly learn is an easy way to get out of homework), so I made some noncommittal reply and moved on.
Later, when I recounted this story to our school’s English Department Head, his eyes got wide as he asked, “Well, what did you say?” When I told him about my dismissive reply, he looked me in the eye and said,
“No. When they ask that tell them we learn to read because we can. We read because dogs can’t. It’s what makes us human.”
Since I’ve been trying to make up for that classroom omission ever since, on this day, as a small penance, here are my favorite quotes on reading and of course… why we read.
1. “Reading is not walking on the words; it’s grasping the soul of them.”
― Paulo Freire Continue reading