Skip to comments.Boys and Books (the final installment)
Posted on 06/10/2010 12:35:01 PM PDT by BruceDeitrickPrice
Several earlier posts have evolved into 50: Leading Boys To Reading, a new section on Improve-Education.org. Its of interest to parents who have a boy in school.
Theres a list of books that most boys would like; some simple diagnostics to use when someone is avoiding books; and a column that first appeared on CanadaFreePress titled Our Schools Are Skilled at Keeping Boys From Reading.
(The Lefts greatest victory may be that they were able to undermine reading so successfully for so many decades. Almost nobody can learn to read using sight-words, but that has been the official technique since 1932, to one degree or another. Then, to make everything worse, the public schools tend to recommend the sort of pretentious, boring books that most boys dont usually enjoy. Bottom line: you cant always trust schools to do a good job where boys and books are concerned.)
He has read through a couple different book series and has his own subscription to SportingNews magazine.
One can't depend on the schools for everything.
Guess I was lucky to have been raised in a reading family. My sisters and I were read to by nearly everyone in the family from an early age and we all read at a very early age.
I do think the internet causes people to read differently than they would read a book.
Moving forward three decades, one went to Cal Tech and is a scientist, and the other went to USC and became a chemical engineer.
Whether writing about privateering off the New Jersey coast during the War of 1812 or railroading in the Appalachians during World War II, Meader displays a thoroughgoing knowledge about the subjects he addresses in his novels.
Meader wrote his last novel in 1969. At the time, the world of "young adult" literature was changing, with more emphasis on sex, drugs, gangs, etc., and Meader refused to change his style to accommodate these new trends. His books soon went out of print, and many are now collector's items. However, the Southern Skies publishing company has reissued all of his titles. Some of them can also be found in public libraries and can be located using the Worldcat library catalog.
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