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Read this paper, child!

india Updated: Sep 29, 2008 20:15 IST

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Let’s quickly clear one suspicion out of the way: the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) is not in our pay. With that out of the way, let’s advertise one item of news that you may have missed in your zeal to follow reports that don’t affect your life in any way. An NCERT survey has found that children having access to newspapers and other reading material score well in language tests. While this finding is especially true for non-English language newspapers, we in the Nesfield grammar book-friendly environs of HT won’t let such an opportunity pass to beat our own drum.

Carried out on 6,828 schools across 266 districts in 33 states, the NCERT survey shows not only that newspapers enhance language skills, but also that the news of the death of the newspaper is vastly exaggerated. And it is this fact, rather than that of youngsters underlining words we are printing on a daily basis, that gives us an immense kick.

There was a time when all of us on this side of the newspaper were told to read editorials of worthy dailies and underline new words that we had to look up in dictionaries. True, there isn’t much of crafty prose these days. But then, you are impressed by the sagacity of this piece, aren’t you? Now look up the word ‘sagacity’, will you?