Is reading an ability or a skill?

K Lakshmi Rao

“Books of all time, books of an hour” was what we heard our teachers say a couple of decades ago. But now in the age of technology will our children be able to understand this and judge books accordingly? The present generation has many options to keep themselves engaged.

Consequently, reading habits among children are on the decline, in part thanks to the television and the computer. Research in western countries over the last 50 years has indicated a fall in the reading habits of children, though there are country-to-country variations.

The author is principal, Jain Heritage – a Cambridge School in Hyderabad. She can be reached at

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