The quality of life you enjoy has much to do with your reading abilities. However, in our search to improve test scores over the last twenty years, we have reached a state of stagnation.
While instruction in the early grades has focused on “learning to read” instead of “reading to learn,” educators have overlooked the fact that part of “learning to read” is acquiring knowledge.
IQ doesn’t make one person smarter than another but more exposed to people, places, and things. Much the same holds for reading. The more knowledge you have about a topic or area, the better you can demonstrate your reading skills – reading equal skills plus comprehension.
When does one stop learning to read and start reading to learn? I say its a continual process.
Why do you read – Entertainment, Information, Understanding, or some combination? Or, are you updated by TV, Social Media, or the like? It makes a difference.
Reading frees you; a new world unveils itself.
Read, Think, then Act.