Readicide: How Schools are Killing Reading and what You Can Do about it

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Stenhouse Publishers, 2009 - Education - 150 pages
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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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User Review  - Sarah220 - LibraryThing

Great book on how NCLB is ruining American students. Offers some practical advice to teachers on what they can do to create thinkers instead of test-takers. It would have gotten 5 stars except ... Read full review

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User Review  - Gmomaj - LibraryThing

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 ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
1 The Elephant in the Room
7
2 Endangered Minds
27
3 Avoiding the Tsunami
59
4 Finding the Sweet Spot of Instruction
87
5 Ending Readicide
111
101 Books My Reluctant Readers Love to Read
119
BookoftheMonth Forms
125
OnePagers
127
Hard Talk Checklist
135
References
137
Index
143
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About the author (2009)

Kelly, a "baseballoholic" and a self-described expert at negotiating airports, is in his 33rdnbsp;year of teaching at the high school level.He currently teaches at Magnolia High School in Anaheim, California.He believes that "there is no greater pleasure than teaching someone something." Teaching is "artistic, it matters a great deal, and I can never get the job down perfectly."Kelly thinks that professional development should treat teachers as such - professionals. "I know in the classroom that good things happen when my students have meaningful discussions. I know as a teacher myself that my craft sharpens when I am given the opportunity to have meaningful discussions with my peers. And let's have a laugh or two while we are at it."Writing his six books for Stenhouse was a solitary experience. "Though I have written outlines prior to each of my books, I have yet to follow any of them step-by-step. That is why I find writing rewarding - because the act of writing itself generates new thinking, and new thinking is always exciting.

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