Expanding on the title, we are sure, will come off as a fiasco for many. Unfortunately, they can’t be blamed, since reading has been put aside in favor of excessive TV watching, socializing on the web and playing video games.
However, perhaps we shouldn’t be so “apocalyptic” about it; there are still students that enjoy a good book more than anything else – we’re talking about the good, old printed book, not the e-book which, by the way, is inferior. This has been proven scientifically.
Let’s take a quick look at the huge impact that literature education has on students of all ages.
Ways in Which Literature Education Molds the Future Generation
It creates dreamers
“Oh Lord, this world doesn’t need any more dreamers.” But oh, yes it does. The world has been built by dreamers, in case you didn’t know.
Students need to be unashamed of their daydreaming propensities and the best way to do just that is to indulge in the stories forged by people who, in their turn, would rather dream than take it all too seriously.
“It’s all a dream within a dream”, Poe wrote once. By reading, students can bask in the universal dream that the exact sciences and the belles lettres have created together.
It brings people together
If you have anything to say against this claim, just go outside and scream from the top of your lungs: 50 Shades of Grey is so much better than Lord of the Rings. In the next few seconds, the few individuals that answered “Definitely!” will start to run for cover.
Few things can be more bonding than literature. We live in times in which we actually need everything that can amass people on common sides. Literature is the environment in which we can grow abreast and not against the grain.
It’s multiculturalism in a nutshell
Each time you read a book by a foreign author, you get a decent amount of said writer’s culture. In other words, you travel while standing still.
This is all the more important given that it teaches us that in spite of the color of our skin or our language, our blood has the same color. Multiculturalism is a misnomer, to be honest, because, in reality, we are talking about a single culture that has thousands of facets.
It’s just like the light that hits a prism and breaks into the ROYGBIV spectrum. Reading will most definitely teach you that and give you a reason to delve deeper into the matter.
It improves their overall performance
“No, computers do that”. Well, not according to some people who know what they’re talking about. Reading is living, there’s no other way to put it – reading is our only chance to live more than 1 life and consequently make the one that we have worth it.
Reading, just like traveling, creates new neural connections in our brains. And yes, this does mean that the more you read, the more intelligent you get, provided that you process the new information properly and actually understand what you read.
If literature education was unimportant, you can rest assured you wouldn’t have been force-fed that voluminous and insipid Moby Dick; luckily – and sadly for some – it is indispensable for the evolution of students as individuals with sharp insights and capable of deep critical perspectives.
Its impact, therefore, is larger-than-life or at least equal to the size of life and is manifold. You’ll come to a point in life when you’ll figure out that you are what you read as much as you are what you eat.