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Editorial: Weight of written words

Editorial board members:

• Al Cashion

— Community representative

• Bryce Jacobson

— Newspaper representative

• Bridget Manley

— Newspaper representative

• Chris Nichols

— Community representative

• Jeff Pleasant

— Community representative

• Joshua Roberts

— Newspaper representative

Our View

Reading is the skill by which almost everything else springs — in work, school and life. But, the editorial board believes this fundamental, important and rewarding pastime and skill is being lost in the technological age. A return to reading is necessary for both our society and our students.

Editorial board members:

• Al Cashion

— Community representative

• Bryce Jacobson



— Newspaper representative

• Bridget Manley



— Newspaper representative

• Chris Nichols

— Community representative

• Jeff Pleasant

— Community representative

• Joshua Roberts

— Newspaper representative

Our View

Reading is the skill by which almost everything else springs — in work, school and life. But, the editorial board believes this fundamental, important and rewarding pastime and skill is being lost in the technological age. A return to reading is necessary for both our society and our students.

In today’s break-neck pace of life, there’s an infinite list of time-devouring distractions — for adults and students.

There are endless channels to surf on satellite radio and television, updates to tweet and post on Facebook, a galaxy of websites to peruse online, hours to waste while downloaded into video games, and crazier than ever work and recreational schedules.

But note one thing absent from the list of most people, and curiously so: reading.

Friday was Read Across America Day, a refreshing event that encourages elementary school students to read and also urges parents and educators to promote reading.

It seems reading and reading well, once such a fundamental skill, is lost in the shuffle of life today. Sure, most everyone can read, but without reading as a pastime, can they adequately process the information they’re digesting?

History shows that technology has tried numerous times over the years to devour the printed word, but never before has it been so close to actually doing it.

However, the editorial board believes it’s imperative our society not let this happen, that we return to our roots, in a sense.

Reading, board members believe, is the skill by which most other things in life spring. Without polished reading skills, it’s difficult to digest new ideas, learn new skills, or succeed professionally or academically. Like the number of distractions keeping people from reading, the number of benefits to reading is just as endless.

The editorial board also believes there needs to be a bigger emphasis on reading for our society’s youth.

Instead of allowing kids to waste hours of time online or destroy brain cells with television or video games, parents need to sit their kids down with a book.

This one simple adjustment, we’re willing to bet, will help build a lasting fondness for the printed word and an appreciation for reading, which only benefits youth in the long run.

Educators, too, need to continually stress the importance of reading.

If a student has advanced beyond classmates in reading, give that student enough room to continue his or her progress.

If a student is lagging behind, alert parents to the problem and build a plan to rectify it.

Technology can only do so much. Without a grasp on the fundamentals of reading, our society cannot progress and will not progress.

This is one simple fact we cannot let ourselves be distracted from.

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