Monday, November 05, 2007


A recent report has highlighted the poor standards of literacy in Britain's schools. Headteachers are urging more parents to spend time reading to their children. Reading a bedtime story to a child was described by one teacher as an essential part of spending quality time with them.

A spokesman from the Association of Headteachers said that parents had a responsibility to ensure that there were some good books kept in the home to give children reading practice and also recommended the re-introduction of some quiet reading time in schools.

It's a shame that with so many mothers now working and living in such a fast moving world that things like reading stories to children and listening to them practicing to read are no longer high on the list of priorities for parents. Sadly it's seems to have become one of the casualties of our modern world.


Sheila said...

This is truly one area parents must not fail in. Reading at bedtime will ensure stronger students and a love of reading. That is so important for success no matter what.

Naomi said...

You are right Sheila, reading bedtime stories is an important part of being a parent and nurturing a child's love of reading and books.

Jackie said...

Important for parents but the school system also failing as it is basically their job to teach children to read. Sad in a First World country this can actually happen when our kids with illiterate parents and candles to read by, schools often with no books or even desks, are managing to do so despite the odds against it.

Naomi said...

Yes it is very sad to see Jackie. I agree the school system is letting children down badly too.