21 January 2016

Thursday Quotables (Jan 21)

Welcome to Thursday Quotables, a weekly meme hosted by Bookshelf Fantasies. Every Thursday you can post a quote from a book you're currently reading. It can be meaningful, funny, a real tearjerker or just something beautifully written. You decide. Click on the link above if you want to learn more.

This week I'm going to share with you one of my favourite quotes by my favourite stand-up comedian, George Carlin. It's not a book quote, but what fun are rules if you can't break them?

When I see schools trying to force books down children's throats, I can't help but think about what old buddy George had to say about the importance of teaching children to read.

"Not important to get children to read. Children who wanna read are gonna read. Kids who wanna learn to read are gonna learn to read. Much more important to teach children to question what they read. Children should be taught to question everything. To question everything they read, everything they hear. Children should be taught to question authority."

While I do think it is important to give the children the opportunity to discover the wonderful world of books, rather than forcing them to read (thank you very much, my middle school teachers!), it is just as important to teach children to question what they read and to be critical and to ask their own questions and form their own opinions.

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