The lockdown has been a testing period for the
students and parents. With the exams being postponed what it has done is it has
offered a lot of extra time. These extra hours can be a gift for students if
they use it for their benefit by working towards their goal with absolute dedication.
Due to the closure of colleges and schools, and with no direct access to teachers studies have been difficult. Social distancing has restricted the student’s favorite group studies. Online teaching platforms such as Microsoft Teams, Zoom have narrowed the gap but still, a lot is to be covered. Academic textbooks or let’s say the printed books which use to be the mainstay of studies before the pandemic are still of great help and should not be overlooked since there is no examination pressure. Textbooks are a savior in these testing times and by choosing to learn from them students can make the most of their time.
In the lockdown majority of students and parents are opting for digital education. Digital learning is good and has its own advantages but it has still not reached the stage whereby it can completely replace the classroom studies, even in the most developed countries. Just like the studies are incomplete without a teacher explaining the concept in a classroom, likewise, studies are incomplete without referring a good book. Books are crucial for student’s overall development. A textbook develops a learning curve of the students and opens a world of knowledge.
The majority of parents are not purchasing school curriculum due to the closure of schools. It is a crucial time for the student's as it will be affecting their future too. The textbooks and activity books affect the child’s learning cycle and development of various skills like,
Perspective of Teachers
Books are regarded as the best friends of students in a real sense, and it is said that they are the best companions of students on their path of learning. They give plenty of joy and take them into a unique world of imagination and improve their thinking and imaging abilities.
Dr. Ritu Dewan, Principal of a renowned CBSE school in Meerut, once quoted "Books help to inspire students to do hard work with courage and hope. Books enrich the experience of students and sharpen their intellect.”
to Mr. Vinamra Sharma, Principal and Mathematics faculty
in Leading school in Meerut, “The COVID-19 is the make or break time for
students. Parents must provide their children with the school book curriculum
so that they can devote their time to studies. It is the best time for them to
improve their weak areas and develop a better understanding of topics.”
“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them books. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more books.”
Even then, Albert Einstein knew the value of books. It is a crucial part of every child’s education. Reading books is essential for children to become successful in school and their journey of life. Most of a child’s learning is done from reading books and listening to teachers and parents. The more a child reads, the more he gets to learn, and the more he gets to learn, the more interested he becomes in the subject. This eventually shapes the minds who work together to create a better future.
Renowned and best-selling author, Neil Gaiman, used a fascinating metaphor, “Reading books are the way we communicate with the dead. The way that we learn lessons from those who are no longer with us, that humanity has built on itself, progressed, made knowledge incremental rather than something that has to be relearned, over and over. Some theories are older than most countries, tales that have long outlasted the cultures, and the buildings in which they were first told.”
Apart from being a storehouse of immense wisdom and knowledge books play other significant roles as well in the lives of students.
1. Books Increase IQ
Textbooks increase the knowledge of students and improve their intellect. They reveal the different concepts and introduce the numerous shades of various cultures, societies, and civilizations across the globe. By reading books they can explore the past, present, and future and develop clarity and creativity in their mind.
2. Books Improve the Retention Power and Memory
Many students only listen to the teacher or parents and forget what they have learned, but reading books help improve their memory. When students read academic books, they create an image of the topic and they are able to memorize what they have read. So if students read regularly their visual memory increases and help them to quickly remember things for a longer period.
3. Books Relieve Stress
Apart from yoga and meditation reading books is an adequate cure for students to relieve stress. When they read books they release stress, as books take them to the world of imagination and motivate them to transform their lives and bring in more positive energy.
4. Develops and Expand Language skills
Children grow their critical language and enunciation skills when they start reading books on their own, they read more words and attain more exposure to content. This moreover enhances their vocabulary and makes them well-spoken and fluent. When students read different books on various subjects, they learn more new words and it helps them to modify their vocabulary and also increase awareness on numerous topics.
5. Increased Focus and Concentration
When students alleviate their stress by reading books, then it simply helps them to concentrate on their life. This encourages them to improve their academic performance and learn more in very less time, also the chances of getting top grades to increase.
6. Boosts Critical Thinking Skills
Books also develop and enhance comprehension and analytical thinking skills. You predict what’s going to happen at the end of the story and it confronts your brain to imagine other possibilities. The more exercise for the brain, the better is the overall development.
7. Develop Analytical Skills
Books enhance the student’s ability to analyze and find a solution to the difficulties. They establish an understanding and direct behavior of students in complex situations. A wisely read academic increase efficacy boosts confidence and makes students more compassionate towards their goals.
8. Develops Emotional Quotient
Reading is also a great way to get in touch with our emotions and sentiments. When we read a story, we develop empathy for the characters. The more we understand about these feelings, the better we can relate to other people and empathize with them.
9. Better performance in school
According to various researches, it is evident that children who read more tend to perform better at various levels of examinations. A large number of studies have shown that students who are exposed to reading are more likely to perform well in all facets of education.
10. Source of Entertainment
A child will always be a child. They want fun and joy in everything they do. Reading is fun, as readers develop their interest and immerse in the story, they find themselves laughing at every funny anecdote and excited as the story unfolds.
While studies are important to shape a good future, books are important for comprehensive studies. Howsoever difficult the situation may be but as a parent, you can never fiddle with your child’s future. School books are as essential as any other thing required to have good health. Go out and buy your children the books, spend time with them, develop their understanding and make children better equipped, more confident, and more enlightened then what they previously were.