Get them reading no matter what

20th February 1998 at 00:00
Like most teachers I am alarmed by the latest National Foundation for Educational Research finding that 245 of eight-year-olds said that they had no interest in books and 22 per cent never read for fun, (TES, February 6).

I have a feeling the National Literacy Strategy with its flaws so eloquently outlined by Jim Sweetman (TES, January 30) will fail to address this vital issue. Surely we don't need to abandon the cultural and artistic parts of the national curriculum and provide a more rigid and untested teacher pedagogy to promote a love of books, reading and a wider literacy. We need to get children reading all and everything. We need shelves full of quality books of all shapes and sizes. We need really good school libraries staffed by professionals and we need the school library services that do such a brilliant job.

GEOFF DUBBER 29 Alexander Drive Cirencester, Gloucestershire

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