We often hear about how important it is for children to develop a love of reading. But like so many statements about education, a vital ingredient is missing from this apparently laudable aspiration. It is comparable to bland proclamations that children should learn to be creative. What is missing is specific content.
Creating what? Reading what?
There are many things which I would not want my pupils to read. Reading is not an end in itself, but a means to an end. And the end is knowledge.
There are many kinds of knowledge which reading can bring, which are difficult to access in other…
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