Students need silent reading time, survey says

Ashley Charola, Reporter

In a survey of 52 Morton students and members of the community, 70% of them believe that SSR should be required daily for all students.

According to reading not only helps you to score high on examinations but also helps to lead a productive life. Reading can have various positive effects but reading daily can have a much more prominent outcome, according to Healthline reading daily can help you both physically and mentally with benefits that can last a lifetime. They stated that researchers confirmed that as your reading ability matures, the complex networks of circuits and signals in the brain that are used get stronger and more sophisticated. In a random survey of 52 students, 70% of them answered yes to the question should SSR be required daily for all students, the remaining percent answered no.   

“Years ago, we had Time 2 Read, a sanctioned daily SSR period for all students every day for 15 minutes.  That’s when I started doing it in my English classes.  Even though the program is now defunct, I have been having my students read silently for at least an hour each week.  It’s needed because students do not read on their own,”  journalism teacher Kent Frankfother said.

Senior Vanessa Covarrubias said, “I think it should be required because it could help you learn more vocabulary that otherwise you wouldn’t have been exposed to. There are no negatives in reading.”

Another student agrees.

“Yes daily reading should be scheduled because it’s a skill that we’ll need in the future.” Senior Daniella Esparza said.  

However, some students who answered no to the poll still managed to acknowledge mentioned benefits.

“Although SSR improves and promotes student literacy, it should not be a daily requirement as it has forced them to take part in something that they will soon dislike and not want to do in their own time,” Senior Melissa Silva said.

Regardless of the fact, the poll gave an insight as to what students thought of daily SSR reading and how the majority believed it should be required.