Children of this generation are not encouraged to write as much as pupils in the past which limits creativity which can lead to depression and many other mental health issues in young creatives especially, but children as a whole. My topic for this research project is to examine why there aren’t more writing programs for youth among the ages of three to twelve. I want to find how there can be more funding for literacy programs in order to help my reader understand the importance of gaining a love of reading at an early age to help with overall health in the future.
The trend seems to be to push children to choose careers in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields since they offer the most promising salaries after a college education. These STEM programs often receive the most funding while literacy programs are left either raise their own funds or deal with minimal funding.
How does reading and writing affect the mind of young children?
Do children who read and write more do better in school?
Are they overall mentally healthier?
Why is the act of reading important for development?
Why are there not more careers field for the language arts?
My parents always encouraged me to go to school and get good grades so I can go to college and choose a major that would get me the best paying job. My parents, like many others, always told me to “reach for the stars” (whatever that means) and aim to be a doctor or lawyer or engineer. While all of those are admirable careers, none of them ever seem to suit me. I was the child dangling one foot out of my second story window bedroom gazing at the desert that was my backyard and contemplating the meaning of life and if all of “this” is a dream and what that meant for the concept of good and evil. Deep stuff for an eight year old but that’s what literature did for me. It took me to places so real they could not be made up. My senses were so intrigued by the worlds on the pages it were as if I were in them.