The Whippersnappers Talk About School Reading Lists

This Sunday, the Whippersnappers will be discussing the relationships between schools and the arts, with the main focus on school reading lists. Do they hinder or help a child’s reading? What kinds of books are children being made to read today? What books should kids be reading?

We’ll have many different perspectives on this subject, including those of Orville and Juss Wright, who are still in high themselves! We have much to talk about, so come listen along and join the discussion!

Sunday, 3pm EST! Be there!


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About A. M. Freeman

I am A. M. Freeman, aspiring author. I’ve been around for a little more then a decade and in that time have developed a deep love of books and wonder-filled stories. Although I’ve lived in the south all my life, I’m not a very much of a country girl. But I still love my horses and would choose an acre of woods over a city block any day. Along with my dancing and my four legged friends, writing is my passion; since it’s the only way I know to get these characters that keep popping up out of my head, and I seem to have a bit of a knack for it. I write on my blog with things like stories, writing tips, updates about my own writing, poetry, and whatever things that pop into my head I decide to share. And someday I will have my novels of adventure and trial, and children books of wonder and exploration. So I hope you will pause to read a few of my humble rambles or stories, and who knows, maybe you’ll find something you’ve been looking for.

  • Lorenzo Fossi

    Very good chat, I enjoyed it thoroughly.
    I’d just like to add that most of the time the problem with school reading lists isn’t in the book in themselves but in the fact that modern education doesn’t give anyone the means to appreciate and understand books, rather focusing on imparting notions.
    For Instance: in italy they had us read The Betrotheds of Alessandro Manzoni (wich in my humble opinion would have been better as an History book focused on the 17th century rather than as a Romance, but anyway). At school one day they gave us some xerox copies with some passages from The Betrothed, the corresponding passages from Fermo and Lucia (the original book wich was then edited into The Betrotheds by basically changing language from Lombard dialect to Tuscan dialect) and some commentary from I don’t remember who, someone important, who wrote about the differences. When the day of the test finally came, they didn’t ask us about the pacing of the scenes, the difference between a dynamic scene and a static one and so on. They basically asked us anecdotes about the texts and the comments.
    How they suppose people should leave school with a love for reading and the means to appreciate a book when all they teach is how to hunt down in a text for the “askable” details is beyond me.