Put pleasure at heart of learning to read

6th May 2011 at 01:00

When Michael Gove says children should read a lot, you can hardly disagree with him. But I do despair of using the US educational system as an example for ours. I suspect a lot of what passes for reading in US elementary schools is of the McGraw-Hillscholastic type of scheme, whereby children read a levelled book and answer comprehension questions on it to prove they have read it. So 50 books might not equate to 50 real books, and having to answer a bunch of lousy comprehension questions at the end is likely to put some children off reading.

Children should be reading a lot, but let's see how Finland or South Korea do it.

Sulla, Via www.tes.co.uk.

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