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Readicide: How Schools Are Killing Reading and What You Can Do About It
     

Readicide: How Schools Are Killing Reading and What You Can Do About It

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by Kelly Gallagher, Richard Allington (Foreword by)
 

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Read-i-cide n: The systematic killing of the love of reading, often exacerbated by the inane, mind-numbing practices found in schools.
 
Reading is dying in our schools. Educators are familiar with many of the factors that have contributed to the decline—poverty, second-language issues, and the ever-expanding choices of

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Read-i-cide n: The systematic killing of the love of reading, often exacerbated by the inane, mind-numbing practices found in schools.
 
Reading is dying in our schools. Educators are familiar with many of the factors that have contributed to the decline—poverty, second-language issues, and the ever-expanding choices of electronic entertainment. In this provocative new book, Kelly Gallagher suggests, however, that it is time to recognize a new and significant contributor to the death of reading: our schools.
 
In Readicide, Kelly argues that American schools are actively (though unwittingly) furthering the decline of reading. Specifically, he contends that the standard instructional practices used in most schools are killing reading by:
·         valuing the development of test-takers over the development of lifelong readers;
·         mandating breadth over depth in instruction;
·         requiring students to read difficult texts without proper instructional support;
·         insisting that students focus solely on academic texts;
·         drowning great books with sticky notes, double-entry journals, and marginalia;
·         ignoring the importance of developing recreational reading; and
·         losing sight of authentic instruction in the shadow of political pressures.
 
Kelly doesn’t settle for only identifying the problems. Readicide provides teachers, literacy coaches, and administrators with specific steps to reverse the downward spiral in reading—steps that will help prevent the loss of another generation of readers.

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"Those with a vested interest in the education of American youth--in other words, everyone who has reached the age of reason--should read this book and share it with others." - American School Board Journal

"Rather than dwelling on the problem, Gallagher centers on explaining concrete ways schools can improve literature teaching, focusing on comprehension and producing lifelong readers." - Catholic Library World

"Readicide is an intriguing look at many possible solutions to the problem of the decline of reading in American schools." - Midwest Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781571107800
Publisher:
Stenhouse Publishers
Publication date:
02/28/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
102,613
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
5 - 17 Years

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Readicide: How Schools Are Killing Reading and What You Can Do about It 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
JDurham More than 1 year ago
This book and *Building Student Literacy Through Sustained Silent Reading* changed my thinking about reading in high schools. It changed my thinking so much, in fact, our high school is starting a school-wide SSR program. Educators- our students should be reading books. This book taught me WHY we should create time during the day for SSR. It taught me WHY we should teach *the classics*. This book taught me how to ENTICE students to pick up a book. This book reminded me how crucial it is that WE READ. If you are an educator and you complain or hear complaints that *our students can't read!*, then read this book. Then, read more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an important read for all teachers K-12. If you struggle to get students to read, then you need to read Readicide.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book should be a requirement for every teacher. It clearly explains how we are teaching our students to hate reading and how to rectify this situation. It is relevant for every grade level. Forget the curriculum and teach these students to love and value the written word! So simple, and yet brilliant!
JimRGill2012 4 months ago
This slim but powerful volume minces no words—Gallagher believes that our obsession with standardized testing is killing our students’ ability to read critically. His argument relies on both research-based empirical evidence and his personal experience as a high school language arts teacher. While Gallagher’s blunt writing style (some might even call him melodramatic) could alienate some more genteel readers, he pours his passion onto the page, and there’s no denying his sincerity. But this is no mere polemic; Gallagher offers practical suggestions for improving reading instruction in meaningful and authentic ways. For example, he recommends that fully half of all reading that students do should be recreational—unassigned, unassessed, and chosen by the student him/herself. He acknowledges the value of fostering in students a sheer love of reading. Indeed, he insists that transforming students into independent readers—who actually ENJOY reading—is the only strategy that will help them succeed (a concept that is exquisite in its simplicity). Forget worksheets, standardized reading programs, isolated skill instruction, and decontextualized teaching. As Gallagher would say—be a teacher, not as assigner. I’m eager to use this text the next time I teach my course in urban literacy.
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