Not everyone has to enjoy reading to read well, writes Ms. Teacher in response to a comment on the Edspresso reading debate, “A child who can read but doesn’t is a non-reader and a child who can’t read is a non-reader. Same result.” Ms. Teacher disagrees:
. . . when we teach mathematics, do we insist that all children must love math?
. . . I am someone who “can do math” but doesn’t because I’ve never enjoyed math. Am I, therefore equal, to someone who cannot “do math” at all?
She’s married to a man who considers fiction a waste of time.
However, give him a magazine on coins, or cars, or wine, and he’ll devour it. I do not think that he would say that reading is one of this favorite things to do because for him it is simply a way to gather information on something that he is interested in and then he wants to move on.
I suspect this is not uncommon for males. My husband reads non-fiction and science fiction, preferably by Isaac Asimov. I doubt he’s read a non-sci-fi novel since high school. But, if he wanted to, he could.
The first and essential step to a love of reading is learning to read fluently.