The statement that reading is a good habit is a self-evident truth. Man is not a mere child of instincts. It is intelligence that makes a difference between him and animals. Naturally, a love for books ought to be his natural inclination.
A teenager is basically a student and the period of his teens are the most formative period. Naturally, if a taste for good books can be created in him then it shall contribute substantially to his career. In fact, this truth is apt to be taken up as research. If we trace back the early life of those that have made a mark in life, we shall see that they have sent this period of their life most fruitfully. They may have been poor or may have been away from the seats of culture, yet they must have obtained access to the sources of knowledge during this period.
This period is largely spent in schools and partly in the colleges. It is also seen that in the schools, the syllabus suggests very useful books whether it is framed by the NCERT, the Delhi Board or by the various state educational bodies. They cover a wide range of subjects from language, socio-political cultures, environmental learning, science, moral science and what not. If properly pursued the end- product ought to have been marvellous by now. But if we make a study like random sampling it shall be evident that the net result is not very promising. Have we ever bothered to enquire Why? The guardians spend liberally on their children. The public schools are multiplying every day and still, they do not lack students. The teenaged boys and girls bend under the weight of their school bags. Still, the result is depressing.
In fact, what is lacking ? the involvement of the teachers with their students? The irony seems to be an odd notion of The more in number or in the variety of the subject are the books the more shall be the achievement.
The primary factor in our teaching culture ought to be how we can raise the curiosity of the students. We must remember that the curiosity to know, and hence to learn is a basic human impulse. Even a child that prattles, picks up new things every day and shows strong manifestations of his curiosity. How is it that this inherent bent becomes mute or numbed as he grows in age? Afterall it not so dismally true in the foreign countries.
To induce good reading habits, the reader must be made to feel that what is good in a book. It is easier to improve one’s judgement because it is a question of reason or logic. But it is difficult and a painstaking affair to improve one’s taste because it is a question of feeling. However, merely saying that a good book is really good will not do. One has to involve the reader in healthy debates and discussions. The different aspects of ‘good reading’ have to be discussed freely sith students..The bosses of knowledge must not impose; it may have an adverse effect.If some one likes crome gente he or she must be given books from that genre. Reading books increase the stock of words and enhance vocabulary.