Every year, teachers across the country come across a student who says something like that. “When I grow up, I will never read a book. i hate books i hate to read When I graduate I will never read again, so why do I need to learn to read?”
Here is a letter that you can give to these students.
Okay, that’s your decision to never pick up a book and read again, but let me remind you of these things that you might want to do.
Legal driving requires some reading. In order to legally drive a car, you must read and pass a written test based on a driving book that you must read to learn the rules. When you get out onto the road you need to be able to read the signs in a split second as you are driving at 75mph as you pass. And how about these exciting bumper stickers that everyone loves to read because they make you laugh on the road. They must be read too.
When you go on a journey, you need to read a map, an atlas, or maybe even a language dictionary. And if you decide to fly or use any other mode of transportation, you need to read timetables, tickets, and safety information. Visit a travel agent and you must be able to read a brochure about the many exciting places you plan to visit.
Even if you go out to eat in a restaurant, you need to be able to read. If you ever want to eat at a restaurant, you need to be able to read the menu, even while driving through.
Buy something on time and you must be able to read a contract. To buy a car, house, or any other large item, you need to be able to read up on the contract before you sign it, lest you end up with 24% interest or some weird clause that lowers your chances of owning something impaired.
To get a job you need to read the ad in the newspaper and then the application that you fill out when asking for the job.
Newspapers, magazines, oh you say you only look at the comics section. They must be read too. Magazines have pictures, but they also have descriptions of what’s going on in the picture.
Going to the doctor requires reading. To start, you need to read the doctor’s directory when you enter the building to find the doctor. How about the recipe he gives you and tells you to follow the instructions on the bottle? These must also be read. You go to the emergency room and they have you sign papers that you’d better read and when you leave they give you written instructions on what to do to take care of yourself.
I haven’t even started covering what you need to read when you graduate after high school. The list goes one with email, billboard, bulletin, catalog, chart, circular, notice, epitaph, flyer, formula, graffiti, greeting card, manual, horoscope, how-to, invitation, magazine, label, letter, list, manual, card , Marquees, Memos, Notes, Obituaries, Brochures, Portfolios, Postcards, Posters, Programs, Questionnaires, Receipts, Recipes, Scripts, Signs, Skywriting, Statements and Telegrams.
If this list isn’t good enough, the last two should be the icing on the cake. You need to be able to read if you happen to find your sister’s or brother’s diary, and when a wealthy relative dies you certainly want to be able to read their will.
So students realize that you may never read a book again, but that’s not the only thing we read while we live on this earth. So learn to read while you are young and it will make your life much easier.
From someone who knows
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