I was recently talking to my friend (who is now a 5th grade teacher) about the generational divide when it comes to literacy. We felt that when we were growing up books were the ultimate reward. Sure, not everyone in our classes probably felt that way, but I distinctly remember classroom altercations over who got to read the next Captain Underpants in grade school. Even up through high school we would vie to read the new books our teachers allowed us to borrow from their stash.
So why was it that our gradeschool relatives did not enjoy the thrill of reading as we did? Her cousins and my sisters are roughly the same ages (4th and 8th), yet they did not seem at all interested in summer reading programs or even the newest best-seller/based-on-a-book-motion-picture. Why? It grieved us to recount conversations with said relatives.
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