Saturday, August 23, 2008

Jon Sciezska is Overqualified

Check out this article, entitled "Craziness Required", from the LA Times about Jon Sciezska, Guys Read, literacy of all kinds, and the perks of being the first national ambassador for children's literature.

My favorite quote:
"There's this thing happening with testing in every school that's just killing kids' -- and teachers' -- interest in reading. When I was teaching, we could follow a passion. If I wanted to read 'The Phantom Tollbooth,' we'd do it. We didn't have to be in lock-step with Week 23 of The Curriculum. I've seen the results of letting kids pursue what they love. It's much better than giving rules; if kids are inspired, they can do crazy things."
Salaam, Ambassador!

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