Many if not all are very much aware about the common issues of students in School. Its been said that some of the issues may include but are not limited to: Disorganization; Eating right and staying healthy; Failing to manage money; Failing to network; Homesickness; Not resolving relationship issues; Poor grades; Poor sleep habits; Skipping classes; Wasting time; and difficulty in reading.
The difficulty in reading is what I’d like to consider as the most alarming problem that students are facing in School whether it’s in the Elementary, Secondary or even in College. Why? Read again the lists above about the common problems, most of it is very manageable. It can be managed by living a balanced life, mature and right decision making regardless of the students status in life. However, the problem regarding the difficulty in reading needs a strong determination to learn and succeed. How can we help ease this problem? First, we have to understand what it means to be called a “Non-reader”.
According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Non-reader is the one who does or cannot read or a child who is slow in learning to read. Now let’s go dig deeper and understand the means of being a non-reader. A non-reader lacks the skills and ability of a fluent reader. They have limited language and vocabulary. They read very little and they just don’t like to read. They read below grade level and struggles with vocabulary specially comprehension. Their fears of defeat have turned off their desire and exhibits inappropriate behaviors to hide their inability to read and comprehend.
Non-readers often think that reading is boring and frustrating. They’re always making excuses like misbehaving so they don’t have to read and they think that they will never learn to read for the rest of their lives. They feel so hopeless and it will get worst every time they are experiencing bullying in School. The thing about Non-readers is that they almost always feel slower than everyone else and vice versa. It’s easy to get caught in self-doubt and anxiety. The worst struggle of being a non-reader is that it can be hard not to feel stupid or less intelligent than others.
There are also factors that cause the increasing numbers of non-readers all over the world. Some factors include less parental involvement in their child’s learning, the unpreparedness for the students to learn, Time management and the influence of gadgets. Almost every student are spending time and having fun using their high technology cell phones, laptops and many more. Instead of taking some time reading books, they’re making themselves very busy posting, checking and updating their social media accounts. Instead of learning they’re playing and not even their own parents can stop them from doing such things. They’re very confident that everything can be easily found in google compared to reading in the library at many different books. They become very lazy in terms of reading and became very dependent in the internet. Their misuse of gadgets became one of the great factors why there are a lot of non-readers nowadays. Another one is because of money. Here in the Philippines, because of extreme poverty, children are forced to work rather than to choose schooling. They prefer to feed their hungry stomach than to learn. Because of this reason, the child is not developmentally and emotionally ready to learn.
There are many reasons/causes of the said problem here in the Philippines. For me, it is not just the teachers problem but also the problem of everybody especially the parents, government and YOU. It’s a challenge for us to help not just the young ones but everyone to love reading.
Reading is one of the most important ways of knowing the world around us, it fires up our brain, increase our self-confidence, increases our writing, speaking and interpersonal skills. It helps us understand the world. So let us help solve the problems of the non-readers, and let us not stop encouraging one another to continue striving to learn how to read gradually. (By GEMAR M. DAYAPDAPAN)