Perhaps you have noticed that schools produce more students who can read than who choose to read.
There are many reasons for this. But, significant among them is the endless push to raise test scores.
What’s the connection? Well…
Literature as pleasure is not a concern of most schools because the test score bar has been raised to the point at which most are “failing”.
If your child’s teacher is like most, they would like to teach your child to read for pleasure. However, it’s not in their curriculum (or Common Core). Not to mention that it won’t raise test scores right away (like teaching to the test). Consequently, they have to sneak it in the backdoor of the curriculum; and that’s exactly what many teachers feel compelled to do.
So, if you are hoping that your child will love literature, I’d suggest that you start reading to them… yesterday.
But, today would be good too!
BTW: If you’re thinking, “But my daughter/son is too old!” Just try it for a week. I’ve found that even middle schoolers will gladly listen; but picture books are most likely out of the question.