A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us.
Franz Kafka, Letter to Oskar Pollak 1904
Paul Horton at Anthony Cody’s blog has offered a third installment of his defense of reading, recommending:
David Mikics, a Professor of English at the University of Houston, has recently written a very good book on this issue, Slow Reading in a Hurried Age (2013).
As reading and English teachers grapple with teaching literacy to prepare students for PARCC tests across the country, they should read this book very slowly to attempt to maintain a semblance of sanity: Slow Reading in a Hurried Age describes what you know you should be doing and want to do in your classes: reading to open minds rather than prescribed literacy drills that closes them.
Horton’s defense speaks to two important points I want to add here.
First, over 31 years as a teacher…
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