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Young people are not attracted to reading

Young people are not attracted to reading

Half of the students in grades V-VIII are not enrolled in any library and only 39% of them manage to read a book in a month. These are the results of a study conducted by the Faculty of Letters of the University of Bucharest between January and April 2005.

Half of the students in grades V-VIII are not enrolled in any library and only 39% of them manage to read a book in a month. These are the results of a study conducted by the Faculty of Letters of the University of Bucharest between January and April 2005.
The initiators of this research acknowledge that the situation is worrying, but it is not the children, but the adults, who do not know how to attract them for reading. In an attempt to reduce this phenomenon, the International Federation of Educational Communities (FICE) will launch the "Joy of Reading" campaign in Bucharest schools.
The research included approximately 2,600 pupils between 10 and 15 years of age in 107 classes and tried, on the one hand, to follow the monthly reading of the children and to test them, and on the other hand to carry out activities related to reading and reading. to analyze the reports presented.

At the end of the five months, it was concluded that today's young people are less and less concerned with reading, but also with finding that the fault belongs to adults, not children, because "a child is dependent both concretely and psychologically. of adults around ", as stated by the initiator of this research, Simona Antonescu, lecturer at the Faculty of Letters.
Children do not consider reading as something bad, but they do not read
The researchers claim that students show a certain readiness to read, which is not at all appreciated by adults. For example, the study highlighted that "there is a shocking difference between what children would read and what they were offered."
They express their interest in books that have heroes in high fashion characters now: wizards, dragons or magicians, or to topical issues or stories with children their age. Instead, they are offered an unattractive school bibliography, which "is practically the same bibliography from 1953, with a few cosmetics, which relate to the political evolution", as stated by reader Simona Antonescu.
This explains why at the question "which is the most horrible, awful reading, the one you would like to forget you did", the first 15 places were filled by authors found in the school bibliography. Research has also shown that girls read more than boys and that as they get older, the interest in reading decreases.
Thus, "if in the 5th grade most children read about the same thing, in the 7th grade things are clearly separated - on the one hand we have a small group - under 10% - of students with very good readings, and qualitatively and quantitatively. , and a mass of students who are gradually going to drop out of reading. "
The publishing houses and the press are equally guilty
FICE Romania will launch the "Joy of Reading" campaign in 1,500 classes out of the 6,000 existing in Bucharest. Toma Mares, president of FICE, said the publishers are not interested in presenting their books in schools to stimulate children's interest. Thus, very good authors remain unknown because no one talks about them. On the other hand, Simona Antonescu also drew our attention to the fact that young people are very receptive to information about books published by the media, because "all the books we talked about are found with a high reading index" but, unfortunately, in the press "very little appears."
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