ENGLISH LANGUAGE ESSAY
The Importance of Promoting Good Reading Habits in Students
It was Aldous Huxley, one of the greatest literary giants to ever come out of America that said; ‘’A man who knows how to read, has it in his power to expand his mind and increase the ways in which he thrives in the universe’’. Time and again, we have heard prominent educationists define curriculum (which is the sum total of the vehicle the school employs for education) as ‘’all planed and guided learning experiences, and intended learning outcomes, formulated through the construction of knowledge, under the auspices of the school, for the learners wilful and continuous growth in personal social competence’’.
Therefore the underlining keywords in a good schooling experience are; ‘’wilful and continuous growth’’. There can be no education without wilfulness, and true education is continuous, hence good reading habit is the most important skill a student must seek to imbibe while in school. A good reading habit opens students up to a world of infinite ideas. A highly remarkable anecdote of the effects of good reading habits on students can be found in the recounting of the Late professor Chinua Achebe, of his experience in Government College Umuahia, where he talked about a very useful law called the ‘’Textbook Act’’ imposed on them by the principal of the school.
Furthermore, the renowned author tells his readers that the act stipulated that on certain days of the week, students were to leave academic work and pick up literature works to read. Years later, the efficacy of that singular rule which encouraged reading, would be seen in the sort of alumni that went through Government College Umuahia, literary Amazons like; Wole Soyinka, J.P Clark, Christopher Okigbo, and a host of other intellectual power houses, who went on to achieve exceeding greatness in various fields.
Conclusively, the argument for good habit among students is one that has been won by decades of excellence in various fields, by men and women who embraced life-long learning. The school undoubtedly provides the convenient atmosphere for the development of a life-long reading culture. More so, as we noted earlier, the school curriculum is not achieved without the student demonstrating ‘’Personal and Social competence’’, this is especially useful in the professional life the students would live upon graduation in various fields. As we get immersed in the 21st Century, all field of endeavours are evolving, new knowledge and skills are replacing old ways of doing things. Good reading skill is therefore an indispensible tool for success in any given career, as a professional in any field is faced with the task of navigating a plethora of information and gain needful insights in order to remain relevant in his chosen profession.
Rose, a young graduate, was searching for a company job. She got a teaching appointment but rejected it. Teaching, she said, is a profession that stifles the progress of man. Moreover the reward of teachers is in Heaven. She was obsessed with the idea of working in a company. After two years of unemployment she did not find life easy. It was becoming unbearable. She could not continue to beg for daily bread. It was dehumanizing. She could not sell her body for money since she came from a good Christian home. It was irritating to her to stay indoors. This situation prevailed until she met Jerry Jones, an old school mate who promised he would get her a job. He gave her an appointment. When she came he introduced her to the idea of drug trafficking. He told her how wealthy she would be in a short time and that she would finally be laughing at those who were ridiculing her when she had no money.
At first Rose objected to this proposal. Jones put more pressure on her because he feared Rose would expose him. She eventually succumbed, without thinking of the repercussions of being caught. She made the first trip and a it was successful. There was plenty of money. She did not believe how wealthy she had become. She was also successful in her second trip. Temptation, unlike opportunity, will always give one a second chance. She did not remember the saying, “Many days are for the thief but one day for the owner of the house.” The severe penalty for drug pushing did not deter her. She began to live big in accordance with the Epicurean philosophy of “Enjoy today for tomorrow you may die.”
Rose was caught in her fifth attempt. She would have wisely stopped after her first trip but “when a dog wants to die it does not perceive the smell of excreta.” Her master Jerry Jones, the drug baron, did not come to her aid. Rose was shown on the television screen as a drug pusher. She was clamped into detention for two years before she was tried. Rose spent a lot of money during her trial. She sold most of her property to hire a very brilliant lawyer, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN).
Finally she was lucky to be discharged and acquitted for want of evidence. But the first casualty was her freedom and the second her reputation because even though she was freed, people avoided her like a leper. Nobody desired her for a wife any longer. She now realized that one should work through lawful ways to achieve satisfying success. A female drug pusher was a shame to womanhood, that “slow and steady wins the race.” She cursed the day she met Jerry Jones. “I HAVE NEVER FELT SO EMBARRASSED IN MY LIFE” she lamented.
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It was because she believed she was always welcomed at her children’s home
She had a cheerful conversation with a fellow passenger during the journey
(i) She didn’t have enough money for her fare
(ii) She could not communicate with the new watchman due to language barrier
He left with the bag because mama coould not pay him.
It was because she was not accustomed to the meal
(i) adjectival Clause
(i) It qualifies the noun phrase “fellow passenger”
A very long time due to anxiety
To always inform people before visiting them.
(i) unimaginable – inconceivable
(ii) heartily – cordially
(iii) Outrageous – immoderate
(iv) numerous – many
(v) Frantically – anxiously
(vi) fraudulent – deceitful
(i) Forest trees form canopies that helps to prevent erosion
(ii) Timber from forest trees is useful in building construction
(iii) Wood pulp processed from timber is used in production of paper.
(i) Discouragement of use of forests as farmlands by the government
(ii) Creation of forest reserves
(iii) Government should enact laws against forests encroachment.