Do our reading lists determine how we process language?

It appears the language we’re immersed in, through spoken as well as written language artifacts, changes the way we process language as well as changes the way we behave.

This might not come as a surprise to most educators, but I wonder, does this finding lend some credence to concerned parents and community members regarding subject matter and language influencing young minds? I am NOT advocating for banning books, nor censoring books, but I am curious as to how this new study might impact arguments for more control in library and classroom reading materials. Does this study foreshadow an age of parental taunts like “You are what you read..”?

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About Jane Hoff

Current High School Librarian, former Middle School Librarian 2015 - Present Guest Teacher, K - 12, 2013 - 2015 BA, Sociocultural Anthropology, the University of Chicago, 1995 Master of Library and Information Science, San Jose State University, CA, 2017 Fortune School of Education, Credentialing Program, Social Sciences, 2018

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