1. Stephen1974

    Stephen1974 Member

    Feb 21, 2015
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    School reading list and why?

    Discussion in 'Book Discussion' started by Stephen1974, Jul 23, 2019.

    Following on from the why do schools select bad books thread. What would you pick and why if you could set a school reading list?

    Something Old School (so nothing after 1800)
    Something Modern (Nothing before 2000)
    Something with Social Commentary (as long as its not the handmaids fake news)
    Something fun but with literary quality (so not andy mcnab).
  2. Alan Aspie

    Alan Aspie Contributor Contributor

    Jul 31, 2018
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    Which age groups?

    Our kids here in Finland read totally different books at the age of 8 and 12 or 15.

    Here it goes like this:

    School gives a reading list. You pick what you want to - or not. You show it somehow if you have read some book.

    Many pupils don't read what school tells but what they like to read.

    Our 2 school age kids read quite a lot. But I don't think they pay any attention to what school tells them to read.

    I think it's important to them to read something else than adults recommend.

    Here is something I know they have been reading:
    - James Herriot
    - Alexander McCall Smith
    - Terry Pratchett
    - J.K. Rowling (again and again and...)
    - Robert D. Hare
    - Malala Yousafzai
    - Walt Disney comics
    - Enid Blyton
    - Sinikka Nopola
    - Yann Martell
    - Alex Scarron

    What I would pick?

    Let's say age group between 9-12.
    - I would throw to waste bin all that "old school, modern..." list.
    - I would let pupils to select what they like to read as long as it's books.
    - I would ask pupils to tell what they like so that others can seek if they also like same books.
    - The point would not be to teach pupils via selected books but to motivate them to read voluntarily and love it.

    I don't believe at all old school "big bottle, little bottles" -teaching methods.* And countries which still use them, don't manage well in international comparisons. Especially comparisons which take into account results per time and money are not at all polite to "bottle countries".

    I think we had something like this...

    ...somewhere between 1920 - 1970. But then pedagogics and didactics got some attention.

    *Teacher is a big bottle. Pupils are small bottles. Big bottle pours it's knowledge and wisdom to little bottles.
    Last edited: Jul 28, 2019
  3. Stephen1974

    Stephen1974 Member

    Feb 21, 2015
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    I was thinking older kids 16 - 18, for what in the UK would be A Level Literature exams. So not readong for the sake of learning to read, but for understanding writting.

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