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Do You Have Reading Stamina?

From a BBC article, Teenagers ‘Lack Reading Stamina’:

A lack of exposure to novels at school is leaving teenagers with little “reading stamina”, a report says.

The Qualifications and Curriculum Authority found this was “limiting pupils’ experience of pre-20th Century literature in particular”.

Some 14 to 16-year-olds in England did not have “a sufficiently varied or demanding reading diet”, with schools relying on extracts and short stories.

Sad news indeed. maybe the solution is to assign children one of the door-stopping tomes of today. If you can get through Quicksilver, you can get through anything!

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1 Comment on Do You Have Reading Stamina?

  1. I’m honestly not sure its a problem to limit kids exposure to pre-20th century literature. Why, in all seriousness, do the majority needs this?

    I love reading and I’m working hard to instill that same love with my children and I would encourage that in any child. But I’m just not going to do that with The Canterbury Tales or The Iliad. I’m going to do that with Harry Potter or something contemporary.

    I’m not going to say that having a rich breadth of literature knowledge isn’t nice to have, but is it critical? As an example, in the book When Gravity Fails that I just read, there was a reference to Hamlet and a reference to Candide. I understood both of those, however it wasn’t critical that I get it – story would have worked just fine if I hadn’t. Heck, there might have been other literary references that I didn’t get but it didn’t dampen my enjoyment of the book. Neither my parents nor some of my coworkers realized that the movie O Brother, Where Art Thou? was a remake of The Odyssey until I pointed it out – but that didn’t lessen or increase their enjoyment of the movie (although I’m not sure how you miss that one.)

    I appreciate the value of a well-rounded education, but if I’m going to get 14-year old kids fired up on reading, it’s not going to be through 18th or 19th century literature.

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