Can you go too far in search of equality and fairness? Adam Swift has, and he has no intention of slowing down…
Swift and his colleagues suggest that you should not read as much to your children because it provides them with an unfair advantage over the child whose parents don’t read to them!!!
Wow! What do you even say to that ridiculous statement?
Well, I respond in today’s episode. In fact, in my response, I challenge every parent listening to the podcast or reading this post to read at least 20 minutes a day to your children.
Adam Swift did an interview with Joe Gelonesi from ABC and there he shared his ridiculous ideas regarding the possibility of limited what parents are “allowed to do with their children” in an attempt to help them get a leg up in the world.
I don’t know about you, but I am so tired of this mentality that every single child should get a medal and feel like a winner—even if they don’t put forth the effort to win. I have spent enough time in school to know that we are obligated to let those children that choose to fall behind to fall behind. Then, as soon as they choose to catch up, we should give them every resource possible to make it happen. The unfortunate thing is that as long as young people choose to fall behind, there is nothing we can do anyway.
I am not talking about those children in our schools that want to succeed but find obstacles impeding their path.
Ten Reasons Why Parents Reading With Their Children is IMPORTANT!!!
1: IMPROVE YOUR RELATIONSHIP
2: ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE
3: IMPROVED SPEECH DEVELOPMENT
4: BECOME MORE COMFORTABLE WITH BOOKS
5: IMPROVED COMMUNICATION SKILLS
6: LANGUAGE MASTERY (including second languages)
7: GREATER LOGICAL REASONING CAPABILITIES
8: EXPERIENCE NEW PLACES AND CULTURES
9: INCREASED ATTENTION SPAN AND SELF-DISCIPLINE
10: AN EXAMPLE THAT READING IS FUN!
Links From Today’s Episode:
This is the link to the article about Adam Swift and his philosophies:
See the consequences of the dissolution of the family:
Link to Christopher Lonigan and Grover Whitehurst’s article on home-intervention reading programs and academic gains:
EarlyMoments ten reasons we should read to our children:
Take the Pledge and the Let Us Know:
Here is the link to the Reading Foundations 20 minute a day program. Go to the site and take the pledge. Then go to our Facebook page by clicking on the link and let our community know that you have taken the pledge! 101 Homeschool Ideas Facebook Page
When you take the pledge you get a list of 101 Books that kids should read. They are broken up by age.
Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Program
You and I are going to encourage our children to read anyway… why not let Barnes and Noble add some motivation. If your children read 8 books this summer, Barnes and Noble will give them a free book. Click here for the official rules.