“Poor people have big TVs; rich people have big libraries." —Jim Rhoan
I just read this quote in a Sonlight Curriculum newsletter. I LOVE it! I also think that there is a lot of truth in the claim. I grew up in a home with lots of books and frequent trips to the library were a part of my childhood. As an adult, I have far more books than I or my parents did and reading was an important part of my children’s education and recreational time, much more so than TV viewing.
It breaks my heart (and is almost unimaginable) to hear of children who don’t have books in their homes, whose parents don’t value reading. I know that early exposure to books positively affects academic progress, which does impact income. Even more, though, important is the “richness” that books impart to both children and adults by exposing us to people, places and ideas that we will never otherwise experience.