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25 August 2013 @ 08:52 am
Scary thought  
School is no place for a reader.
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Maia Cmaiac on August 25th, 2013 02:43 pm (UTC)
Teachers have never liked students to demonstrate knowledge and skills beyond their grade level. Ask me how I know this.

The Common Core Standard recommends increasing the percentage of nonfiction in English curricula.

I fear this is because children don't need to learn to read, they just need to learn the various ways in which they will receive instructions they must follow.
Kalimackalimac on August 25th, 2013 02:59 pm (UTC)
This is baffling. It was some 55 years ago now, untold generations of schoolchildren ago, that Cerf and Geisel invented "Beginner Books", the whole idea of which was to create the simplest possible basal readers that would be fun to read and not be boring tripe. Whatever happened to those?
sturgeonslawyer: Defaultsturgeonslawyer on August 25th, 2013 04:25 pm (UTC)
I used to get into big trouble in the early grades by reading beyond grade level and being bored by the crappy readers they gave us. By fifth grade they'd more or less accepted me (though the other students didn't).
msrat1900 on August 25th, 2013 06:59 pm (UTC)
"With the arrival of the child came the books."

Soon after our youngest child was born, his older brother gave him a book of poetry.

It's interesting that the Common Core Standard recommends more nonfiction -- we had two children who didn't want to read anything "that wasn't true". We offered to find some books that were factual but read like story books, and their teachers absolutely refused. They must read fiction and it must be unmistakeably fiction.