How Schools Are Killing Reading and What You Can Do About It

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Stenhouse Pub
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.

Baker & Taylor
Argues that the decline in reading by children in the United States is furthered by schools by focusing on test-taking and focusing solely on academic texts with guidance for educators on how to conteract this trend.

Book News
A veteran full-time high-school English teacher in southern California, Gallagher has written many books over the years about how to teach reading and writing effectively. Here he shouts out a warning that many teachers and administrators in an earnest attempt to instill reading, kill the last chance many students have to develop into lifelong readers. He indicts schools for developing test-taker instead of readers and offering limited authentic reading experiences, and teachers for overteaching and underteaching books. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Portland, Me. : Stenhouse Publishers, [2009]
Copyright Date: ©2009
ISBN: 9781571107800
Branch Call Number: 428.4 G16
Characteristics: x, 150 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Allington, Richard L


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Aug 04, 2014

Excellent read for any teacher.


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