Scrolling through all my former posts, I rediscovered a forgotten series I started way back when I first began blogging: quotes from writers.
Here is a quote found in Marja Mills’ The Mockingbird Next Door, a biography on Harper Lee:
[referring to her lifetime habit of reading, which she traces to her family reading aloud to her when young]
Now, 75 years later in an abundant society where people have laptops, cell phones, iPods, and minds like empty rooms, I still plod along with books. Instant information is not for me. I prefer to search library stacks because when I work to learn something, I remember it.
This quote encapsulates my philosophy about the learning process. As a teacher, I encourage students to look up information so that they will better remember it. The brain is a muscle and it needs a workout to stay strong and viable. I use both technology and the library stacks, yet I prefer thumbing through books over scrolling screens any day.