August 21, 2008

Boys and Books

Tricia over at The Miss Rumphius Effect had a couple of posts earlier in the week I wanted to highlight. First up, Boys and the Bard getting into that always fun and controversial subject of whether it's more important to get kids, especially boys reading and loving it, or reading certain kinds of books. She quotes a Guardian article on the subject and highlights this excellent question:

Why do we still confuse the need for literacy with the experience of reading, and even more important to some, loving a canon?

Well? What do you think?

I think you know where I stand.

Next up, her post More on Boys and Reading. She quotes a press release that is a definite eye-catcher:

"If reading were an Olympic sport, it would be the women holding all the gold medals and world records - not the men. In fact, the women are not just passing their male counterparts when it comes to reading, they are lapping them around the track."

Hmmm.