Some Reasons Why Kids Wont Read
- By the time many students reach high school, they equate reading with ridicule, failure or exclusively school-related tasks.
- Teenagers are too self-absorbed and preoccupied with their problems, families, sexual roles, jobs etc., to make connections between their world and books.
- Teenagers do not feel they have time to read with all their activities and academic required reading.
- Books are inadequate entertainment compared to other media such as television, video games and the Internet.
- Persistent stress from home and school to read constantly is counterproductive for some adolescents.
- Adolescents may grow up in non-reading homes void of reading material with no reading role models. There is no one to pass the value of reading.
- Some adolescents consider reading solitary and anti-social.
- Our definition of what we consider “good reading” is too narrow, and we discourage students from reading things that appeal to them (newspapers, comic books, magazines).
- Reading is not cool.
The list is adapted from Patrick Jones paper on Reaching Reluctant Readers: Tips, Tools, and Techniques and Patrick Higgins Not the Drop-Off!