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Gallagher argues that schools participate in a number of practices that are killing the joy of reading for many students. We need to focus on creating lifelong readers who enjoy reading.
Readicide: How Schools Are Killing Reading and What You Can Do About It
by Kelly Gallagher
Project by Meredith Ormond
For further reading, check out:
Gallagher, K. (2004). Deeper Reading.
Layne, S. L. (2009). Igniting a Passion for
Reading: Successful Strategies for
Building Lifetime Readers. Stenhouse
Pearson, P.D. (2007). An endangered species
act for literacy educators.
Journal of Literacy Research, 39(2),
Welsh, P. (2005, August 3). How schools are killing
the joy of reading. Retrieved May 29, 2010, from
'We are all literacy teachers..and as such, it is a moral imperative that we provide a setting in which tons of reading occurs' (p. 58).
'In an attempt to raise reading scores, school districts across the country are removing books from kids' (p. 11).
'Intentions are not the problem; our practices are the problem' (p. 5).
'You don't have to burn books to destroy culture. Just get people to stop reading them.'
'Valuing reading is often a euphemism for preparing students to pass mandated multiple-choice exams, and dragging students down this path, schools are largely contributing to the development of readicide' (p. 7).
Factors that contribute to readicide:
1. Focus on multiple-choice testing which creates
shallow teaching and learning (p.8).
2. Lack of interesting reading materials in schools
3. Novels are being removed to allow more time
for test preparation (p. 39)
4. Students are not reading enough in school (p. 41).
5. Overteaching of books prevents reading flow,
focuses on the trivial, and prevents students from becoming lifelong readers (p. 60-73).
6. Underteaching academic texts creates a dread
of reading and allows to students to drown (p. 87-
Gallagher, K. (2009). Readicide: How Schools Are Killing Reading
and What You Can Do About It. Portland: Stenhouse Publishers.
read-i-cide: noun, the systematic killing of the love of reading, often exacerbated by the inane, mind-numbing practices found in schools (p. 2)
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