Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Reading for Fun with your Tiara On

I need to put my Mom Tiara on for a moment here.

There has been a lot of talk about The Hunger Games vs. Lord of the Flies in our school curriculum lately. Google Hunger Games vs Lord of the Flies

When Lord of the Flies was assigned to my daughter earlier this year, the initial response by her grandmother and I was "UGH!, I'm sorry, good luck." And when she finished the book, her opinion was the same as the generations before her (Her opinion could have been swayed by ours, I will give you that). But this same child devoured the hunger games series.

 I talked about this debate with Cyndee Perkins when the blogs about the two books started hitting the net, and maybe I would have enjoyed Lord of the Flies more if Cyndee had been my teacher, I might have even finished it. Cyndee says that  Flies is all about bullying and is very timely...this is why we need good teachers to help students understand what they are reading - but it also brings me to the reason for this post.

Summer brain drain and reading lists are becoming ever more popular. And while adults get to read 50 Shades of Grey at the beach (NO! this is NOT on my daughters to read list - don't go all crazy on me) - Our kids are given lists with Silas Marner and Ethan Frome and other deep dark meaningful stories that lead to napping. These books NEED a teacher to help the student find the meaning and to relate to the story at all. Why are they on a summer list?

Summer reading lists should be about books that encourage the JOY of reading! Books that take you someplace other than the little town you live in. Books, where as a teenager,  you can save your family, fall in love and try to change the world!