Sunday, September 26, 2010

Why Don't American Boys Read?

Why don't boys read? According to Thomas Spence of the Wall Street Journal, "The appearance of the boy-girl literacy gap happens to coincide with the proliferation of video games and other electronic forms of entertainment over the last decade or two. Boys spend far more time "plugged in" than girls do."

Many in the educational establishment have tried to answer the question and, thereby, solve the problem by the wrong method: by deciding to "meet them where they are. For elementary- and middle-school boys, that means books that exploit love of bodily functions and gross-out humor.”

Spence explains why this is wrong and provides a solution to the problem. Read the whole article here.

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