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David Bentley Hart, writing for First Things [in 2012], praises good bad books.

If you take the time to read this, I’m sure you will be glad you did.

http://www.firstthings.com/article/2012/05/in-praise-of-good-bad-books

For me, the most important book of my childhood was Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time. Of course, I read all of CS Lewis’ fiction multiple times over. I didn’t read enough to have much of a list of good bad books. Still, Hart’s point is valid.

Don’t let the big words fool you; he is just being precise. (And showing off what he’s learned in his copious reading.)

Keep in mind that philistine, as an adjective, indicates disdain, or at least indifference, for culture and norms. He uses it fittingly, at least for nearly all children.

The the article explains Tharks, they are from the mind of Edgar Rice Burroughs, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tharks.

Isn’t it nice to be able to right-click something and have a page open with Google results? (At least in Chrome.)

It is an encouraging article, and it encourages us to encourage our children and youths to be avid readers. {I trust you noticed I only used “encourage” once, there. 😉 }

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.”

 

BioLogos takes a moment to point to the Times interview of their founder:

“Recently in the New York Times Review of Books, Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health NIH and founder of the BioLogos Foundation, was interviewed about what he keeps on his bookshelf (and what he doesn’t).”

http://biologos.org/blog/francis-collins-by-the-book

They point to the Times here:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/28/books/review/francis-s-collins-by-the-book.html?pagewanted=all&_r=1&

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