Ah ha! An argument that interests me! =D
Carpe Libris introduced me to this article by Susan Wise Bauer on the importance of reading. This was my favorite quote:
Click HERE to read the complete article. It produces some good food for thought!
“Acquaint yourself with your own ignorance," Isaac Watts advised his readers in his self-education treatise Improvement of the Mind (originally published in 1741). “Impress your mind with a deep and painful sense of the low and imperfect degrees of your present knowledge." This cheerful admonition was intended as a reassurance, not a condemnation. A well-trained mind is the result of application, not inborn genius. Smart readers aren't born; they're just willing to tackle difficult reading and to stick with it.