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I’m not crying, there’s just an old story in my eye

Squeezing story time from the curriculum is enough to get anybody choked up

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To make efficiency savings in the education sausage factory, story time is being squeezed from the school day. It is being replaced by convenience texts and narratives reduced to their constituent parts. Classic tales are served up in bite-sized bits that have been dried out, reconstituted and served snack-pot style in order to aid digestion. But what’s easy to swallow isn’t necessarily nourishing.

Here in the twilight of my career, I will make a last ditch attempt to keep great children’s stories alive. I will make a stand against literature-by-numbers and low attention thresholds by reading ...

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