Comments on the story "Is the proposal for a ‘Reading Day' a solution to the declining reading habit among Chinese?" published on NO.16, April 19, 2007
At present, people easily accessed to various kinds of channels to get information and knowledge, such as taking part in some training classes, reading on-line or even watching and listening MP3. People all over the world would rather choose the above-mentioned ways to get close to knowledge and information than reading books, especially the younger generation. So, the proposal that establish a "Reading Day" is a solution to change the trend of the declining the reading habit among Chinese.
The proposal of "Reading Day" could promote people return to their habit of reading. Reading makes a full man. It is undoubted that reading makes people more patient and profound on knowledge. Although "Reading Day" is only a slogan calling for people to read more, its intention is to help people concentrate on knowledge itself. Maybe they find an excuse that they have no money to buy books, no time to read. Compared with other channels, for instance the Internet or training classes, people are unwilling to choose reading because it is definitely time-consuming. But they forget that books provide an exact way to accumulation knowledge. Its profoundness not only refers to their brains but also to their behavior.
Moreover, the proposal helps youth to form a healthful habit of reading instead of indulging in the Net. It is necessary to set up a day for people to pay attention to reading, especially for the youth. Most parents are willing to send their children to part time training class after class, but not buy books or novels for them so that children only read comic books or other unhealthy books behind their parents' back. So, taking advantage of "Reading Day", parents should encourage children to read more literary classics or scientific books.
The proposed "Reading Day" is a useful solution.
April 29, 2007