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Slice of Life: Actually … Not Funny at All #SOL18

I know this is meant to be funny, but it really isn’t.

Our kids deserve more.  Our kids deserve to live the life of a reader.  We need to connect our students with books.  We need to have access to books to connect to our students.  The research is clear how important it is to connect our students with books and this video, well it speaks for itself.  Talking with students about books is formative data.  Matching books to readers is teaching.  Developing a love of reading is an objective.  I have a son who just went through the college process and was asked in most of his interviews about the last book he read.  Regardless of GPA, SAT scores or extracurriculars… if he responded like the people in this video I think it would have been a deal breaker.  If the standards are focused on developing college and career ready individuals, I think we need to make sure our students can name a book.


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    Melanie Meehan
    Posted at 00:49h, 23 May Reply

    That’s really depressing. Not so funny. So hard to impart the importance of reading when there’s so much competing.

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    Trina Haase
    Posted at 00:55h, 23 May Reply

    Oh, this made me really sad to watch and think about. Sigh.

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    Cecilia Doyle
    Posted at 01:07h, 23 May Reply

    Sad and scary…

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    Christine Baldiga
    Posted at 01:30h, 23 May Reply

    That was the saddest video! I can’t imagine not living without books!
    The video is challenging me to put more effort into getting books – the right books – into students hands.
    Thank you for sharing. I am certain I’ll be sharing this message too!

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    Stacey Shubitz
    Posted at 01:52h, 23 May Reply

    I saw this online last week and refused to click on it. I find segments like this as horrendous as Leno’s interviews of people on the street who didn’t know anything about current events. (Believe me, I loves good joke. I watch LSSC and The Daily Show every day.)

    We can and must do better!

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    Amanda Potts
    Posted at 02:07h, 23 May Reply

    I’m somewhere between sad and angry. So frustrating. There are so many good books – how do we connect readers to books when this is considered funny? Gah! Will now go add more books to my “Must haves” for my classroom library.

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    Lisa Corbett
    Posted at 02:36h, 23 May Reply

    Oh dear! I always want to believe that they had to ask at least 100 people to get 5 who couldn’t answer the question. But it’s sad that this becomes comedy.

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    Susan Kennedy
    Posted at 00:02h, 24 May Reply

    Wow! That’s terrifying. All I could think is that we failed all of them when we could have been showing them how to love reading. I’m working on a young friend right. Now. Her book bag is full of teacher selected books she doesn’t want to read. I’m raising my personal stash to see what she could love. Guess our work is cut out for us.

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