Thursday, April 18, 2013
Waiting for the inevitable backlash
"A Lower Hutt school is combating a lack of interest in reading among its more rambunctious pupils by starting a boys-only book club.
Randwick School has nearly 40 pupils aged between 5 and 13 in its new club, which sprang from principal Simonne Goodall reading teaching material that said boys had little interest in books.
After announcing the club idea to her school of 155 pupils during assembly, she was "told off" by a younger member of her intended audience.
"He said, you need to know that lots of boys do like to read."
He was right. The club membership is growing and, despite the club being in its infancy, the boys have big plans that include castles and forts in the library..."
But really- perhaps if more parents were seen reading books and watching television less, more boys- and girls- would follow their example.
But that would involve activating the cells behind the eyes...