Introducing Your Child To Literature

Over the past few years I have wondered if this is the last era of fine literature. In fact as a writer I’m wondering if I should even bother to write a novel or anything of that sort, because I’m wondering if anyone will read it. Most people tend to have a very low attention span, and I imagine the next generation coming up and those after that are only going to get worse due to the information flow on the Internet and the speed at which all of this content is delivered. I’m not the only one that thinks this you can ask any English teacher in high school, they will tell you the same thing. Okay let’s talk.

As parents, it’s important for us to introduce our children to literature. Get them to read more, and even if they start out merely reading Harry Potter, maybe that is a worthy endeavor. No, I don’t wish to promote the occult, witchcraft, or anything else, but if the Harry Potter series gets children to read and reading at a very young age, then I would say it’s all good. Nevertheless, parents also need to introduce their kids to the classics, all those literary classics that we’ve read. They may not read them in school, and I imagine that the way our schools and education system is set up today will be different in the decades to come.

I can see a bubble bursting in higher-end education at our colleges and universities due to the student loan program, and the increase of tuition cost at 8% per year, along with all the new online lectures available without actually attending the school. If our high schools and colleges are not there to assign kids to read these voluminous classic literature books, then what motivation would get them to do so? You see my point yet? This is why it is imperative to get your kids introduced to literature at the earliest possible time.

Maybe you could start out with audio books, or read to them shorter versions of the classics? After they read the shorter versions, perhaps you can find a DVD of a play or movie which was made from that literature. The more you get them interested in literature, the better they will do in life, because they will be able to learn lessons from the literature without having to learn them the hard way in real life. That’s pretty valuable, and yet I believe our education system in the present, and certainly in the future will fail us in that regard. Please think on this.