The decrease in reading habit of children is the main reason for the fall of standard among children now a days. Today we have more sources to gather information, but they are not streamlined. When a child searches the internet for gathering information about something, it is quite natural that he gets diverted easily by the multitude of search results and the attractive advertisements. Though there is a sea of information on the net, it is not easy to determine the ingenuity of the information by easy means. Similar is the case with other visual media like television where a large number of channels are beaming information. the information we require is not easily available as and when we need it.
Such media other than the prescribed textbooks and reference books are to be used on a guided manner with the help of a teacher or mentor.
Reading a book has its own pleasure. Every book (I am not talking about guides) is designed to instill curiosity in the minds of the reader. Whether it be a book of fiction or something else, if the reader is not made curious, leaving some unanswered questions in the mind of the reader, the reader will lose interest. When a reader asks the questions which arose as a result of reading the book, a learning opportunity is created. A teacher should be creative to create as many such opportunities as possible in a class. A teacher may not be the one who answers all the questions and helps the students ion answering all the questions, but a great teacher creates as many questions in the minds of the children and they are motivated to find the answers. The students are to be trained to question all the answers (instead of silmpy answering all the questions)