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Readicide: How Schools Are Killing Reading and What You Can Do About It

Kelly Gallagher

Top 10 Best Quotes

“...Shouldn't schools be the place where students interact with interesting books? Shouldn't the faculty have an ongoing laser-like commitment to put good books in our students' hands? Shouldn't this be a front-burner issue at all times?”

“I am not simply teaching the reading; I am teaching the reader.”

“To become a lifelong reader, one has to do a lot of varied and interesting reading.”

“What do teachers and curriculum directors mean by 'value' reading? A look at the practice of most schools suggests that when a school 'values' reading what it really means is that the school intensely focuses on raising state-mandated reading test scores- the kind of reading our students will rarely, if ever, do in adulthood.”

“Both of these students- both high school seniors both old enough to vote in the upcoming election- thought 'Al' Qaeda was a person. At that time the United States had been at war for five and a half years and here were two students two young adults leaving the educational system who had never heard of al Qaeda. Both by the way had passed the multiple-choice reading section of the state's high school exit exam.”

“WYTIWYG” (pronounced “witty-wig”): What You Test Is What You Get.”

“What do we mean when we say our school 'values' reading?”

“Valuing reading” is often a euphemism for preparing students to pass mandated multiple-choice exams, and in dragging students down this path, schools are largely contributing to the development of readicide.”

“The sheer number of standards is the biggest impediment to implementing standards”

“Authentic interest is generated when students are given the opportunity to delve deeply into an interesting idea.”

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Book Keywords:

education, truth

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