Can it be? School contrary to a reader?

Sadly, yes. In fact, it seems to me school is no place for any child obviously off the norm, above or below, in one or more areas. Thus, home school.

My wife came across a Canadian blog, showing that such things are not peculiar to the US, here http://notesandqueries.ca/school-is-no-place-for-a-reader/. A mother, Jennifer A. Franssen, writes poignantly.

I know where she comes from. We did it too. An unfortunate result was a teacher in tears and a principal shouting at us parents, all because we wanted our daughter to be allowed to read! This daughter managed to do well in school, and she is now teaching 3rd grade at a local public school. However, her next sister did not fare so well. The next is finishing, with honors, but the two younger boys were a different matter. We wised up. They are at home. Mamma knows best. I assure you.

Our readers read unimpeded.

I’d quote the whole article, but you can more easily click the link above. I do find this quote quite significant.

“The literacy agenda has resulted in the near elimination of actual books from schools. Peter Hunt describes the situation in Children’s Literature: “[A] utilitarian culture sees the ability to read and write as paramount and looks for simple methods of achieving it. . . . The teaching methods . . . eliminate fiction on the overt grounds that it is too complex, and on the covert grounds that the unrestrained imagination is not politically malleable.”

 

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