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Readicide – schools and reading

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stevewillshaw

Kelly Gallagher’s 2009 book Readicide is subtitled How schools are killing reading and what you can do about it.

This gives a very clear indication of the book’s thesis. In an effort to improve educational outcomes, education authorities across the US have increased their emphasis on testing, often using multiple choice tests, and this has had a negative impact on the amount of time teachers are able to spend on reading with children in class. In turn, this has had a negative impact on the amount of reading that young people do and on their reading ability. Gallagher’s claim is that reading is dying in American schools and, worse yet, that schools are playing an active, though unwitting, part in this process. The major features of this killing spree are cutting up texts into small chunks, obliterating the text with sticky notes, moving away from the book repeatedly to focus…

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