Master Readers

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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All parents wish for their children to be master readers, but only a small fraction actively take steps to ensure this. These parents understand that strong readers receive all kinds of advantages from greater literacy to more career opportunities. Readers are more likely to earn higher salaries, attend museums, and even go to ballgames, all evidence to suggest that readers enjoy, on the whole, richer lives.

What exactly does it mean to be a master reader? Well, for one thing, it means reading critically, a skill that has regrettably been squeezed out of most school curricula. These master readers are able to do much more than simply understand text. Rather, they possess the tools to decode it, to read between the proverbial lines, and to formulate arguments and rebuttals. In an era when mainstream media are increasingly controlled by a handful of companies, the ability to read critically is worth its weight in gold.

Turning Children into Master Readers

Helping kids become master readers is a long and continuous process. There are no magic tonics or elixirs that will transform your child into a sharp thinker and citizen of the world overnight. The good news is that elementary-school-age children in particular are veritable sponges when it comes to new information, so a persistent effort to make your child read cannot help but bear fruit. The key, however, is exposure.

For kids to become master readers, it's not enough to feed them comic books and magazines. Master readers are ravenous in their appetite for the printed word, irrespective of its form. While some magazines and comic books are sanctioned, it's only by mixing in essays, newspapers, poetry, and novels that you'll help to raise a true master reader and cosmopolitan citizen.


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