The Day Reading Died
Charles Chu

Well, thank you for relieving me of the “cross” that I believed was mine, and only mine, to bear. As a classroom teacher at the upper elementary level, I had arrogantly concluded that only teachers were responsible for teaching our pupils to despise reading with our demands for completion of nightly reading journals, that all students read novels they have no interest in, to complete genre projects kids abhor, and through gimmick programs such as “Accelerated Reader” or “Reading Counts,” which by the way have never motivated a non-reader in any of my classes to actually pick up a book for the sake of reading.

Thank you for pointing out that parents and others may be complicit in this “genocide.” No longer will I live with all the guilt. Great piece!

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