Reasons We Do What We Do

images-4Welcome to Help Teens Read.   This is a bit of test post to get the ball rolling.  Here are few of the quotes that can often be found on the walls of my classroom.

Every man who knows how to read has it in his power to magnify himself, to multiply the ways in which he exists, to make his life full, significant, interesting.
~Aldous Huxley

Reading changes everything.
~ Mike Schmoker

No subject is more important than reading….all other intellectual powers depend on it.  ~Jacques Barzun

I want my students to know that their ability to read and write is a matter of life and death.
~ Rafe Esquith

Think of literacy as a spine, it holds everything together.  The branches of learning connect to it, meaning that all core content teachers have responsibility to teach literacy.
~ Vicki Phillips & Carina Wong, Gates Foundation

You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture, just get people to stop reading them.
~Ray Bradbury

The man who doesn’t read books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them.   ~Mark Twain

There is no such thing as a child who hates to read; there are only children who have not found the right book.
~Frank Serafini

Reading is important, because if you can read, you can learn anything about everything and everything about anything.
~Tomie dePaola

My proper education consisted of the liberty to read whatever I cared to. I read indiscriminately and all the time, with my eyes hanging out.
~ Dylan Thomas

Once you learn to read, you’ll be forever free.
~Frederick Douglass