Tuesday, September 28, 2010

How to Raise Boys Who Read

An interesting article called "How to Raise Boys That Read (As Much As Girls Do)" about the literacy gap between boys and girls from the Wall Street Journal:

Education was once understood as training for freedom. Not merely the transmission of information, education entailed the formation of manners and taste. Aristotle thought we should be raised "so as both to delight in and to be pained by the things that we ought; this is the right education."
"Plato before him," writes C. S. Lewis, "had said the same. The little human animal will not at first have the right responses. It must be trained to feel pleasure, liking, disgust, and hatred at those things which really are pleasant, likeable, disgusting, and hateful."
This kind of training goes against the grain, and who has time for that? How much easier to meet children where they are.
One obvious problem with the SweetFarts philosophy of education is that it is more suited to producing a generation of barbarians and morons than to raising the sort of men who make good husbands, fathers and professionals. If you keep meeting a boy where he is, he doesn't go very far.

Read the whole thing here, and share your thoughts in the comment section below.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Keep Learning Alive!

In the September 20 issue of The Huffington Post, author and activist Ellen Galinsky writes:
Children are born are insatiable learners -- they want to see, to taste, to touch, to explore, and to learn about everything. We as parents, as teachers, and as a culture are taking this away from them.
If we are going to get the oomph back as a country, we have to get the oomph back in education. The research on children and learning makes it clear that we can and MUST teach in ways that keep learning alive. We can promote values, life skills, and content in ways that engage children in learning. I have seen this happen in hundreds of families and schools and it is reinforced by hundreds of studies.

Read the whole article here, and please post a comment supporting her view of educational reform at the end!