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Well read for the modern age

Vail Daily Editorial
Vail CO, Colorado

Eagle County schools are revamping the reading curriculum to include ” along with classics like “The Great Gatsby” ” more non-fiction, professional journals and Internet texts.

A grasp of fiction and complex themes may make kids wiser and help with creativity, but understanding non-fiction and professional journals ” the thinking goes ” gives students the vital and practical reading comprehension skills they’ll need when they graduate and enter the business world.

Empathizing with Hamlet’s dilemma may help a student come to terms with his or her own emotional conflicts, but being able to pick the concepts out of the “Journal of the American Medical Association,” and make the right connections is just as important in making a successful career.

We think this is smart. In our industry, we sometimes all too painfully understand the importance of strong reading skills, both among our staff and our readers.

Just as critical, English teachers in local schools will be putting an emphasis on helping kids judge the integrity of information they read on the Internet.

This skill can only get more important as the Web can be accessed more easily, quickly and on smaller and more portable types of technology.

And being able to parse that flood of information may make the difference between success and falling behind ” not only for local high students graduates as they move into professional country, but for our country as it faces fiercer competition from a more integrated world.

” Matt Zalaznick for the Editorial Board

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