In the latest installment of our recommended reads series, Carie King, a doctoral student in Rhetoric and Composition, recommends Readicide: How Schools are Killing Reading and What You Can Do About It by Kelly Gallagher. We are also pleased to announce Kelly Gallagher will hold a workshop on campus this Friday, June 14. For more details: http://iwp.iweb.bsu.edu/profdev/kelly.htm.
It was the first day of summer with so many possibilities of adventure. I gathered my children, a newly promoted first grader and third grader, to plan our day. My youngest asked, “Momma! Can we pretend to be couch potatoes today?” I had to laugh. This is not a phrase we use in our home, so I asked, “Honey, what would one do to pretend to be a couch potato?” My son smiled before me and said, “We sit on the couch, watch TV, and eat things that are inappropriate!”
Inappropriate? My son, at the age of six used a word that most of my former high school students and now college students would have never pulled from their vocabulary. Should I be surprised? According to Kelly Gallagher, not so much. My son is a reader, living in a home of readers. He was read to in utero, reads during the school year, and participates in multiple summer reading programs. His vocabulary reflects his love of reading. My son is not like many students we encounter in the classroom who have never been exposed to a love of reading. However, if Gallagher is correct, my son may soon fall prey to “Read-i-cide n: The systematic killing of the love of reading, often exacerbated by the inane, mind-numbing practice found in schools.”