Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Hey, not to be all Seinfeld about it, but what IS the deal with phonics? do they still teach that in school? And isn't it weird that they don't spell phonics phonetically?

So, people who don't read confuse me AND make me cranky. "I don't like books." What is that? That's like saying "I don't like music" or "I don't like movies." What? How can you just not like books? There are so many different kinds of books! You just...don't like them all? You have no interest? What is that? I wish someone would explain it to me, because it makes no sense.

 How many books are there in the world? How can you read one or two in high school and then just assume there is nothing out there you would like to read? That makes no sense. The Scarlet Letter sucked, people. Don't write off literature at large because Hawthorne had issues, ok? Moby Dick is like an extra 200 pages long because Melville felt compelled to write extensively about rope tying, and teenagers who needed to slam the door and yell "you don't understand me" are probably the only people who really loved Catcher in the Rye.  So step away from your high school reading list and read something awesome, read something trashy, read something that sounds like V.C. Andrews had a baby with Stephanie Meyers (they could call it ReDawnsme), but for the love of Pete, read! Go to the library, ask for a recommendation. They actually teach us to do this in library school. It's called Reader's Advisory. We have mad book skills! Get help, get a library card, get a book, get a clue.


  1. Great points on those three (uh,) tomes! When I was young, I wouldn't pick up a book that wasn't tied to a grade. Then I realized that reading could be interesting, thought provoking and fun. I take my kids to the library most weekends. They think it's a treat after running them ragged at the park. BTW, Go, NaBloPoMo!

  2. Good for you! It's never too soon to get the kids into reading! And yes, go NaBloPoMo! I can't believe I have made it this far!

  3. If this was a Facebook update I'd click like.