> P.S. What is your opinion on the books they make you
> read in school?
My opinion is that it is the worst idea for promoting
literacy anyone ever thought of.
Nothing NOTHING nothing is worse than forcing someone
to read something that they may not like, except
forcing them to read it because they will be tested on
it. That turns reading into a chore, and dissecting it
in class for a further few weeks plus assigning essays
and projects ad nauseum just turns the whole debacle
into a post at alt.deadhorse.beat.beat.beat.
Even as a student myself, I always thought that a
better solution would be to allow students to choose
from a LONG, VARIED list of books and follow-up
projects and design their own reading experience. The
only reason I include follow-up projects is because I
acknowledge the need for accountability, otherwise I
think it's a waste of time.
Bottom line: Not every schoolkid is a born reader. Not
every born reader wants to read every word ever
printed on any page ever. Don't ruin your readers by
burning them out on crap they don't like and don't
frighten off your marginal readers by doing the same.
Rant Edited For Content.
*who's STILL furious and REALLY wants the three days
of her life back that she spend wading through the
utter $#@% that is The Catcher In The Rye.*
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