It is very odd whenever I meet an educator who doesn't like to read or won't take the time to read. So much of educating students well is based on the ability to read, so if people in the education field just stop reading, it will negatively impact the students they are trying to educate. Research has shown that once college students finish college, they tend to stop reading and spend most of their time on social media. It is vital that educators not fall into that same negative trend, because it will negatively impact the entire field of education and more importantly, the outcomes of students.
There are many reasons why educators should become avid readers both personally and professionally. Let's begin by discussing why people go into education in the first place. Some want to make a difference in the lives of students, some have a basic love of learning that makes them passionate about teaching others that same love, and some were once inspired by a teacher who had a major positive impact on their own lives. Whatever their reason for going into education, reading is the foundation of their passion, their success, and indeed their interest in education overall.
If you are in the education field, you already know how important it is to get your students to read daily. It is how they prepare for the daily lessons you are teaching them. Indeed, research has demonstrated that students who read a lot both in and out of school generally perform better in school. Well, what about the teachers? Shouldn't they also read, so they can be good role models for the pupils they are teaching? Be a good model for their students to read as well? If a teacher demonstrates a joy for reading, his or her students will become eager to read and even enjoy reading.
Further still, teachers who make reading a big part of their educational journey are on the way to their own self-improvement as well as that of their students. School leaders who make reading a key skill in their schools are positively influencing their students and also their staffs. Some schools utilize The Drop Everything and Read (DEAR) Program for their students. In it, the staff drops everything and will have silent reading for a certain length of time every day. They know that DEAR can impact the entire school and its learning atmosphere and student outcomes.
As educators, we know that all reading is beneficial, but educators should spend even more time identifying books, articles, and magazines that can help them become experts in their field as well. (The education field as well as their specialty?)
Below are some of the benefits educators will gain if they become avid readers:
1. Stimulate the Mind - Constant stimulation will improve the brain and even slow the progress of mental disease.
2. Acquire Knowledge - The more you read, the more knowledge you gain and the better you are equipped for the challenges ahead.
3. Sharpen Writing Skills - The more exposure you have to well-written material, the better your writing will become.
4. Improve Critical and Analytical Skills- Being able to discuss, provide details, and use your critical thinking skills are all positive outcomes of reading regularly.
5. Improve Memory- While reading, you will remember an assortment of facts, and that skill will strengthen your memory.
6. Expand Vocabulary -The more you read, the more words you will see, gather, understand and use again either for future better reading or even for writing.
7. Boost Concentration - When reading, your full attention is focused on what you are reading, a valuable skill to have for learning and teaching others and one's career
8. Reduce Stress - Reading can distract you and keep your mind off other difficult situations. Reading can even relax you, become a pleasurable activity.
As educators, we should never stop learning and reading. Being an avid reader should be one of the many goals that educators should practice because they want to keep up with the best skills in education, and be able work to achieve their fullest potential in their own specialty. Good teachers also want their students to reach their fullest potentials. Becoming an avid reader can help both teachers and their students become their very best.
Remember--- reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. It keeps the mind fit.
The word education is very much in use these days; almost everybody has to say something about it. The schools- whether Government or private- are packed with students. So are the colleges. But despite this increasing desire for education, hardly anyone knows as to what education really is. Has the education we have so far received done us any good? If yes, is it proportionate to the labour and money spent on it? Education is not an aim in itself but, rather, an instrument to learn different ways of living our lives, and that type of education alone can be called real education. According to me no one can truly claim that the present system of education in our schools and colleges produces this result. Education must help to build one's own sound character. On the opposite, there are numerous examples of young people having lost the good qualities of their character in the schools.
I think that as long as there is no concordance between the schools and homes of the students, they will continue to suffer in both ways. What we learn at school and colleges is totally incompatible with what we learn at home. Hence the life of school is exact opposite of the life at home.
Our parents ignore to know what is taught at school; nor do they care about it. The labour spent on studies is useless, merely it has to be gone through for the sake of the final exam, and once it is over what was learnt is forgotten as quickly as possible. One of the major issues of these problem is the medium of education. I think that the fault lies on our receiving education through the medium of English. In India it takes about 12 years to obtain the matriculation certificate. But the knowledge and the lessons of life acquired over this long period is pitifully inadequate! Besides we also do not strive to integrate this knowledge with the work we have to do.
The present system of education has created a gulf between us and our families. To our parents, to others in our families, to our women, and to our society- with whom we live for the greater part of our time- our school education has become like hidden wealth. So is the present system of education is wrong?
By the medium of instruction being English, the burden on the students' brain has doubled. It has destroyed their power of imagination- the power to create and to invent. The whole of our time is taken up in learning the pronunciation and the idiom of a foreign tongue.
We should start doing the procedure as they do in Russia, South Africa and Japan. In these countries, a few selected people acquire a higher knowledge of English, translate whatever is worth having into their own language- in an easier form- and thus save the people from the useless labour of themselves having to learn English.
The best education is education through mother tongue. When we receive education through our own language, our relations with people at home will take on a different character. Today, we cannot make our wives real life-companions. They have very little knowledge of what we do outside. In the same way our parents have no idea of what we learn at school. The knowledge we get at school does not seep down to others, not even to the members of our families, because we cannot impart to them what we learn in English.
We depend for our livelihood on passing examinations. This results in great harm to the people. We forget that a degree is useful only for those who want to go in for Government service, but the edifice of the life of the People is not going to be raised on the few who seek Government service. We see that people are able to earn money quite well even without going into Government service. When those who are almost illiterate can become millionaires by their intelligence and shrewdness, there is no reason why the educated cannot do the same. If the educated would only give up their fear, they can certainly prove to be at least as able as the illiterate. If this lure of the degree could be shaken off, any number of private schools could be started and run according to the plan charted by us. No Government can provide fully for all the education which the people need.
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