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Sir Tom Stoppard: Technology should not replace reading

22nd June 2010

The rise of new technology is threatening to undermine children's love of reading, Sir Tom Stoppard fears.

Speaking to the Daily Telegraph, the Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead writer called on the education sector to preserve English and the humanities and not allow them to be sidelined by science and technology.

The playwright, who was commenting ahead of his speech to education charity the Prince's Teaching Institute, said the printed page of traditional books seems to be losing its grip on children's attention and being replaced by the 'moving image' of technology.

Sir Tom told the newspaper: 'The printed word is no longer as in demand as when I was of the age of pupils or even at the age of the teachers teaching them.'

Last year, Nick Batty, project manager of the Reading Champions campaign at the National Literacy Trust, stressed the importance of instilling a love of literature in young children, claiming it is essential to their educational and creative development.

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