Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Top Education Issues for this Year

A column in the Huffington Post here describes what the columnist thinks will be the top ten education issues this year.  The focuses on the usual suspects:  testing, guns, funding, common core, tech, inequality . . . 

Okay, yes.  These are all important issues.  But the column doesn't focus on the most important one of all:  developing a love of reading in students.

Avid readers read better, write better, concentrate better, think more clearly, and have wider frames of reference that make all learning easier.  They are also more gentle kids, since their wide reading has exposed them to hundreds of narrators who describe to them how other people are feeling, and what other people are thinking. 

In my 37 years of teaching high school English, it was my avid readers who went on to top colleges, and into very competitive professions.  And you know what?  They hated, and avoided at all costs, the kind of exercises being pushed to "teach" the common core standards.


  1. Endless testing just drives kids away from books, never mind using up all of the money that would be better invested dissertation writers in town and school libraries.

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