Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Not so much can, as will

One of the great tragedies of contemporary education is not so much that many students leave school unable to read and to write, but that many graduate with an antipathy to reading and writing, despite the abilities they might have.—Understanding Reading, page 191

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Amen! Good preaching! Kids are born with a natural curiosity—and it takes twelve years of school to destroy it! Maybe if we didn't try so hard to kill the curiosity, but instead cultivated it, we might have more adults who enjoy reading? Just an
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1 comment:

That's my 2 cents! said...

See, I agree with the author here. I didn't read my first book to completion until I was 10. Finishing that book was the key, and I loved reading ever after. Before that antipathy was exactly the word for how I felt about reading.