Emma Siemasko's article suggests that reading books - even as adults - makes people smarter. She lays out the many benefits for future entrepeneurs, including research from the University of Sussex that "found that reading is a more effective way to beat stress than listening to music or taking a walk" (entrepreneur.com). While the benefits of reading often seem limited to the walls of classrooms, her intended audience is business professionals, specifically those who are building businesses. The benefits of reading involve different types of intelligence (emotional, fluid, and crystallized) as well as an opportunity to reduce stress and actually help with problems. While English teachers may focus on the need for reading for future college-readiness, those with their sights set on the business word might also take note. ***Siemasko, Emma. “How Reading Books Reduces Stress and Makes You Smarter at the Same Time.” Entrepreneur, 17 Dec. 2014, www.entrepreneur.com/article/239694.
In this New York Times op-ed article, Scott Korb writes about his experience with college freshmen essays, and how years of school seem to have taught them to keep their personal experiences and opinions separate from their actual "school" writing. ***PopSugarTV. “Would You Take Your Child to a Baby Spa?” YouTube, YouTube, 21 Mar. 2017, www.youtube.com/watch?v=hvDjPZpqqko.
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