Although the purpose of this blog has been to investigate digital learning tools and technology, now and again I have crossed into traditional text-based literacy issues. Sometimes I’ve thought twice about posting on these issues but on reflection, feel the basic art of reading and comprehension is a starting point for online learning as well.
This is a very round about way of justifying a quick rant on World Book Night which will take place in the UK and Ireland on March 5 2011. You can hear an interview from the organisers here. Basically a group of publishers are giving away a million books in a bid to get people reading. The list of 25 books is included on the event’s website and while you might not agree with the selection (I’m not ashamed to declare myself a Marian Keyes fan and loved Rachel’s Holiday so have no problems with it!) you’d have to agree the sentiment is great.
I’d love to see something similar run here. How about in secondary schools? A publisher like Penguin could be approached to see if they would come on board with their classics range. Quick, someone give me a job and I’ll add that to my start of year to do list!