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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!


image: “On the platform, reading” by flicker user moriza CC license Attribution 2.0 Generic

posted by Random Reader in Possable Causes and have Comments (3)


  1. Comment by Karle on September 25, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    After reading these lists of why students are not reading, I agree with most. As a first grade teacher, I think the biggest issue is not media, not business, not lack of material, it is the LACK of Reading Role Models.

    One of my biggest goals as a first grade teacher is to get students to fall in love with reading. To teach the families how important it is not only to read to and with your children, but to read for pleasure.

    It takes tremendous discipling to build this into the lives of our children, but it must start when they are young. If they dont learn to love reading and the joy that can be experienced through different texts, we are in trouble as educators.

    Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Comment by admin on November 18, 2012 at 6:19 pm

    I agree with you. We need Reading Role Models, especially for boys. The Department of Education for the last 30 years show that boys are scoring worse than girls in every age group, every year on reading tests.

    If you go to guysread one reason boys do not read is “Boys don’t have enough positive male role models for literacy”

    We need to keep reading my friends :)

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