posted on Jan, 8 2013 @ 12:23 PM
Books are precious, incredible objects. I only hope that we can somehow instill this into the younger generations. Books cannot be altered to fit the
current status quo once you own them in print. The 'cloud' can.
My 7 year old son one day recently asked to borrow one of my books and picked out a 1950's copy of Stuart Little. He has yet to finish it, his
biggest problem seems to be the ability to focus for very long. I have seen a drastic difference in his personal ability to focus in direct relation
to the use of technology. It can be the TV, or a borrowed game for a brief time (I refuse to allow video games in my house, but occasionally an uncle
lets him play angry birds) and his attitude gets whiny and short tempered. When we have been playing outside or reading, together or individually, he
is a different child.
I was just reading Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland to him the other day, and he was so excited that he could see the picture without a screen. A
previous response reminded me of that, and I was floored, we have been reading together since birth, and I had no idea that he was unable to use his
imagination that way. He has always had a good one, but that made me wonder where I have gone wrong.
My family has decided to homeschool to prevent the dumbing down of my children. They watch too many videos on the smart board that recognizes him and
displays his photo as he approaches. It is a novelty for them to go into the school library once a week. I have been seeing the decline of print as
well, and combined with the argument of dumbing us all down, with a young child in the school system (for now) I see that they have already succeeded.
My sons love of books stems directly from my own, as for the rest of the children I know, with few exceptions, are disappointed and saddened by being
gifted a book. Our society has effectively replaced books with technology in the lives of our children already.
To counter the arguments of e-readers being cheaper and more eco-friendly, I say go to your local thrift store or library sale, you are rescuing the
precious paper from going in the trash, as well as buying books for pennies as people have pointed out. One of my favorite finds (until Christmas I
guess) was "The Eclectic History of the United States" printed in 1880 and discarded from the library at the University of Virginia. I bought it at
a library sale for.....wait for it...... a whopping .25 cents!!!! I have acquired Homers Iliad and Odyssey at my local thrift store for about $5. The
fact that not many people even care about the books anymore has turned it into a rescue mission for me. The attitude that I seem to encounter about
books sometimes is one of open hostility, I was actually openly mocked about being excited about the Dead Sea Scrolls encyclopedias that I got for
Thanks for the thread! More people need to see it happening!S&F