A case against "readicide"
Nancy Schnog, an English teacher in Potomac, has a commentary in today's paper about "readicide," defined as "the systematic killing of the love of reading, often exacerbated by the inane, mind-numbing practices found in schools."
In response to the commentary, I got an e-mail today from a Baltimore school librarian who wrote that "getting kids to actually read anything is a constant struggle. I play the 'I have a great book for you game' every day all day. I sometimes think I am worse than a used car salesman in my selling tactics. BUT, kids need to be introduced to and sold on books. We need to give them choices of books, newspapers, magazines, ads, anything to hook them."
So how do you get kids to love reading in this age of standardized test prep? And where do you draw the line on the choices you give them? I feel like I'm beating a dead horse by bringing up the Studio Course debacle again, but part of the problem there was giving kids a choice deemed inappropriate (CosmoGirl magazine).