Google Alerts turns up some rather interesting stories from time to time. This one? Well, it’s not exceptional in terms of content, but I enjoyed taking a moment to realize that the concern of “kids don’t read enough” isn’t limited to just the U.S. Here’s an excerpt from the article, found on the English-language version of People’s Daily Online.
Although Chinese parents spare no effort to send their children to various after-school classes to acquire useful skills, they have neglected to let their children constantly improve one of the most important abilities – reading ability.
Chinese parents attach great importance to their children’s education. According to reliable statistics, education expenditures in most Chinese families account for more than 30 percent of the total household income, and is still growing. In contrast, spending on children’s books is even less than what is spent on toys and clothing.
I actually have no idea of comparable statistics in the U.S. or Canada. That would make a bit of interesting research, wouldn’t it?