Books are great teachers

PUBLISHED : Friday, 09 May, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 09 May, 2008, 12:00am

We are constantly changing and evolving. We normally rely on our past experiences or knowledge to justify or criticise something.

But books can also give our life a new meaning and open up fresh horizons. You can read about history, literature, science, morality and philosophy, and charge your brain with new information.

The more we read, the more we change. As time goes by, our personality and attitude change due to the new perspectives we have gained through reading.

Sooner or later, there will be a new world in front of you. Let's read and keep abreast of the changes.

Chan Chun-ho, SKH Bishop Baker Secondary School

From the Editor

Thanks for your letter. Chun-ho. You're right: reading opens up whole new worlds that we might never have imagined.

Reading is quite an individual activity - usually only young children read to others and are read to. But that doesn't mean reading can't be a shared experience. It can be interesting to discuss a book we have read with our friends or family, or write about it in a blog or journal.

Non-fiction is, of course, the easiest way to learn something specific - and many non-fiction books are written in an entertaining style so you feel that you're reading a story.

But we can also learn from fiction - whether the story is set in our world, or in a fantasy setting, we can learn from both the characters and the author about other people, places, beliefs and customs.

I like to carry a book with me wherever I go. It's a great companion, and you can make new friends if people ask you what you're reading!

Karly, Sub-editor