Reasons I Hate Book Week – Part 2

You probably guessed my rant re Book Week would carry on … the Part 1/Part 2 thing probably gave it away.

The last one, that was just a little thing that got up my twat and I didn’t feel okay at all with the fact that parents who send their kids to Book Week in superhero costumers were “failures” – cos that’s out and out bullshit.

There’s something far more serious that I really, really dislike about Book Week.

Althought the message is scattered in a variety of formats thoughout the year, during this week, it is rammed down our throats.

That message? You ‘should’ read to your kids every day. There are segments on morning shows about the benefits of doing such things, research comes out by the truckload, and Sanctimummies Inc., with their hearts and intentions in the right place, get on the bandwagon.

As one who has read to my children, every day, even during their gestation (yes, I was one of “those” mums) and who continues to do so, I have a major problem with this message being conveyed in the way it is.

Has anyone checked out adult literacy rates lately? Of course you have; quite a lot of you did so just before NAPLAN testing, when you bagged the crap out of it (right before you got your kids’ results, then bragged about them). When the overall results came out, there was angst about the literacy rates.

It happens every year.

However, is it just me or has anyone else made the connection between the number of adults in this country who can’t read even the basics, for various reasons – I am NOT judging – or have a low reading level, and parents who don’t read to their kids.

Has it occurred to anyone else that there are some parents who simply

2 Replies to “Reasons I Hate Book Week – Part 2”

  1. No, you’re absolutely spot-on. There is SUCH a focus on reading, both at home and at school, and that’s awesome – books are awesome, but very little attention given to adult literacy. It’s great that schools offer extra literacy tuition to kids with identified difficulties, have parents in the classroom to listen to and help with reading, and generally make it all fun, but I see no schools offering help for the parents of these children who may be unable to read (English) fluently themselves.
    What can we do? Don’t know – it’s not easy to identify those who have become adept at hiding their inability for so long. A sympathetic approach is obviously required, but I don’t know that schools (particularly primary schools) are in a position to offer adult literacy assistance.
    Online resources for adults to FIND assistance are unwieldy and difficult to navigate, with an over-abundance of text and very little in the way of graphics to help comprehension. You would need to have built up an amazing level of trust with someone who CAN read to navigate http://www.readingwritinghotline.edu.au/?page_id=37 for example.
    I despair. I love that my children are voracious readers like me, but at the same time I worry about their classmates who struggle with the simplest words when I listen to them read. It’s a weight that I don’t need, and shouldn’t have to bear, and I hate it.

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