jon_p_noble at yahoo.com
Wed Feb 4 17:59:02 EST 2004
On kids reading;
I've been too busy with work to join in much here but
there has just been a report released by the
Australian Bureau of Statistics on children's leisure
habbits which gives reading as the number two activity
after TV and videos. "Girls were more likely to read
than boys (82% and 68%, respectively). Girls read for
an average of 8.6 hours during the fortnight compared
with 7.1 hours for boys." mind you 98% of kids watched
TV (only 98%?) for an average of 22 hours a fortnight
so reading was way behind, but it was ahead of video
games, sport or cultural activities.
Jon (who has also aquired two ginger kittens - named
Bubble and Squeek - and a Labrador puppy who seems to
think the kitten's names are Morsel and Toothpick and
can't understand why they don't want to pay for him)
(( I suspect they are our children's alternative to
--- "Ian W. Riddell" <iwriddell at charter.net> wrote:
> On Wednesday, February 4, 2004, at 04:06 PM, Otter
> Perry wrote:
> > On Wednesday, February 4, 2004, at 01:21 PM,
> Melissa Proffitt wrote:
> >> When I hear that mantra about getting the kids to
> read *anything*, I
> >> question whether the speaker even knows what he
> or she wants to
> >> achieve.
> > On another paw, with adults there seems to be some
> point to this. I
> > had a friend who was working at one of the auto
> companies with adults
> > who couldn't read. Their previous teacher only
> wanted them reading
> > 'good' stuff. It drove my friend _nuts_. She
> told them to read what
> > they
> > wanted to read -- if it was porn, that was fine.
> But READ.
> > Your earlier point about giving kids stuff that
> they're interested in
> > certainly worked with the son of a co-worker.
> Basically he wouldn't
> > read anything and nobody could really tell if he
> _could_ read. Until
> > somebody gave him _Sports Illustrated_ .
> I've just discovered (it's been around for a while,
> I know!) "Better
> than life" by Daniel Pennac (publ. in North America
> by Coach House
> Press - originally in French, translated by David
> It's about reading and getting kids to read. It's
> hard to summarize,
> but it's very beautifully written (not "textbookish"
> at all). I'd
> highly recommend it. I'm about to read it for the
> second time after
> being pulled through it rapidly for the first time.
> It contains Pennac's "Reader's Bill of Rights"
> 1. The right to not read
> 2. The right to skip pages
> 3. The right to not finish (my favourite!)
> 4. The right to reread
> 5. The right to read anything
> 6. The right to escapism
> 7. The right to read anywhere
> 8. The right to browse
> 9. The right to read out loud
> 10. The right to not defend your tastes
> > - No.
> > -- Rosa Parks
> Great sig! I had to think about it for a moment . .
> If there's nothing wrong with me, maybe there's
> something wrong with
> the universe.
> Dr. Beverly Crusher
> Ian W. Riddell
> iwriddell at charter.net
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