Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Reading Good Books

"The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them."

—Mark Twain

We are living in a crazy time of school reforms based on standardized fill-in-the-bubble test scores on math and reading.

"Crazy" is probably too nice a word.

Schools continue to make efforts to get test scores up and up and up. How? By dropping just about everything besides instruction in reading and math.

If all kids learn in school is how to read faster and compute quicker, our country is in real trouble. For one thing, we'll be in danger of creating a society of people who resemble the man Mark Twain refers to in his quotation here: people who do not read good books. They may have learned how to read, but will missed out on the why.

Over the coming long weekend I hope to share with my readers research done at U.C. Berkeley about the long term value of a high quality kindergarten program.


Mrs. Pearce said...

Bring on the research! Thanks for posting on this important topic!!

Carolyn Hart said...

Hi Mr. Gurney -
This is one of my favourite quotes. In my opinion, choosing to read good quality books is critically important. As parents and teachers, we must seek out great books to share with children.

Dan Gurney said...

Hi, Carolyn-- I so agree! Book stores are chock full of books of little value. I'm thinking of books arising from television, toys, and mass market toys, like Barbie. Books in and of themselves are not good. Books, depending on their content, may be of great or of little value.