My 8th grade son used to love to read, until the necessity of it killed it for
him. He got better after he didn't have to take the quizzes for whatever
reward, but then finding appropriate books that fit not only his abilities and
age became really difficult. My 5th grade daughter also loves to read, but there
is no way I would allow her to read "The Hunger Games." Staying up all
night after she gets nightmares? Pass. (Yes, I've read the books. Yes, I
liked the books. No, I won't let her read the books. Yes, I know her
abilities.) Stories that involve kids will be read, stories that skim
through childhood won't be.
Be glad they're reading.Most adults don't read above a
sixth grade level any way.
One of the greatest blessings of my college years was taking a class from a
tough arrogant man who had extreme expectations of students. I wanted to earn
something above a C (he handed out many Cs and Ds) so I worked hard, but I have
forgotten most of what I learned. The one part I recall was his criteria for
judging a book. He would be turning over in his grave (unless he is terribly
ancient) about the books that are popular with students, young and old. I took
the criteria seriously, and it served me well when I taught at Carden School
where we did our best to instill a love of quality literature. I believe it
isn't the "age level" of the book or story, but the quality that
counts. For young children, Beatrix Potter stories are amazing. Parents and
teachers have to sell some of her more subtle humor and plot intricacies, but it
is worth it. Of course there are many quality books available, but there are
also many that aren't worth the paper on which they are printed. If parents
start early they can help their children make good reading choices.
Reading level of a newspaper is at a sixth grade level.How is a
tenth grade level any different?If a student is proficient at
reading and comprehending a newspaper, the rest will fall in place.Discussing grade level reading are for test making, and measuring purposes.
Waste of time.
Woohoo! I love the Common Core and its focus on college readiness!
I pose this question: should I worry that adults read the Twilight series or my
mother going through her Harlequin Romance phase? My father also enjoyed Zane
Grey and Longarm of the Law. I doubt these could be considered Shakespeare.
The Common Core can't create a love of reading. Parents, teachers and the
child themselves will be the factor here. When a child finds books they enjoy
reading, no matter the grade level, they will read. The amount of testing that
is done is what will kill that love of reading and the Common Core will be
testing, testing and more testing. The control of what a student reads will not
be in the control of the parents, teachers and students. Look at the list of
recommended books? Will these really create a love of reading? I doubt it. Go
look up the list that is recommended and see how many of those books you really
thing will create a love of reading. Common Core will create a loss of local
control and put it in the hands of the Federal Government. That is what we
should be afraid of. If you love Common Core, try to duplicate it on the local
level with input from the local people, rather that bigwigs in DC that think
they know better than you!