Every year teachers across the country come across a student who says something like this. “When I’m older, I’m never going to read a book. I hate books. I hate reading. When I graduate I’ll never read again, so why do I need to learn to read?”

Here is a letter you may want to deliver to those students.

Dear student,

Okay, that’s your decision not to pick up a book again and read it again, but I’d like to remind you of these things that you might want to do.

Driving a car legally requires some reading. In order to legally drive a car, you must read and pass a written test that is based on a driving book that you will need to read to learn the rules. When you hit the road, you should be able to read the signs in a split second because you are driving 75 miles per hour passing them. And what about those exciting bumper stickers that everyone loves to read because they make you laugh along the way? You also have to read them.

If you are going on a trip, you will have to read a map, an atlas, or even a language dictionary. And if you decide to fly or travel by other means of transportation, you should read the schedules, tickets, and safety instructions. Visit a travel agency and you should be able to read a brochure about the many interesting places you want to go.

Even to buy food in a restaurant, you will need to know how to read. If you ever want to eat out at a restaurant, you will need to be able to read the menu found even on a driving tour.

Buy something on time and you should be able to read a contract. To buy a car, a house, or any large item, you will need to be able to read up on the contract before signing it so that you don’t end up with a 24% interest or some weird clause that hurts your chances of owning something.

Getting a job will require you to read the ad in the newspaper and then the application that you will fill out when you apply for the job.

Newspapers, magazines, oh, you say you only look at the comics section. You also have to read them. Magazines have pictures, but they also have descriptions of what happens in the picture.

Going to the doctor requires reading. To get started, you will need to read the doctor directory when entering the building to find the doctor. How about the recipe he gives you and tells you to follow the instructions on the jar? These should also be read. Go to the emergency room and they force you to sign papers that you better read and when you leave they give you written instructions on what you should do to take care of yourself.

I haven’t even started to cover what you’ll need to read when you graduate from high school. The list goes one with emails, billboards, newsletters, catalogs, charts, circulars, tracks, epitaph, flyers, formulas, graffiti, greeting cars, manuals, horoscopes, instructions, invitations, diaries, labels, letters, lists, manuals , maps, canopies, memos, notes, obituaries, brochures, portfolios, postcards, posters, programs, questionnaires, receipts, recipes, scripts, signs, skywriting, statements and telegrams.

If that list isn’t good enough, these last two should be the icing on the cake. You will need to know how to read if you find the journal of your sisters or brothers, and when a wealthy relative dies, you will want to be able to read their will.

So students realize that you may never read another book, but that’s not the only thing we read while living on this earth. So learn to read while you are young and it will make your life so much easier.

Sincerely,

From someone who knows