My conversations with college students and academics reveal that a lot of them don’t learn newspapers and therefore lack common data (Help teenagers develop critical reading skills through newspapers, Nov 16).
Academics lament that college students lack common data, however it’s apparent that their very own lack of common data contributes to the issue.
I anticipate academics of English and literature to take a keener curiosity in what is occurring round them via studying newspapers, in order that they will disseminate data to their college students. Studying past their instructing supplies and syllabi is important.
I defined to them that newspapers carry fashions of clear and concise writing that may stand alone as instructing instruments or be supplemented with different educational supplies.
Newspapers comprise many various kinds of writing fashions – narrative, persuasive, expository – and are written for numerous studying ranges that may assist college students.
Newspapers additionally assist academics bridge the hole between the classroom and the actual world by extending the boundaries of information, and assist academics and college students really feel like part of the world.
Academics can instil the behavior of newspaper studying in youngsters, who must be inspired to learn for pleasure, in addition to to be told of what’s occurring round them.
I hope the Ministry of Training will take a better take a look at how academics can enhance their common data by studying newspapers and utilizing different sources.
V. Subramaniam (Dr)