Readicide: How Schools Are Killing Reading and What You Can Do about It [NOOK Book]

Overview

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...

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

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781571108289
  • Publisher: StenhousePublishers
  • Publication date: 2/28/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 69,412
  • File size: 3 MB

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  • Posted May 6, 2010

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    READ THIS BOOK

    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.

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  • Posted December 13, 2012

    Love it, I think we have taken the fun out of reading too often,

    Love it, I think we have taken the fun out of reading too often, I give my kids 20 minutes of indepenedent reading daily when they can read anything they want, and not have to answer questions or take a test about it :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2010

    Important read

    This is an important read for all teachers K-12. If you struggle to get students to read, then you need to read Readicide.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2013

    Should be an essential...

    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!

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