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Tsh Oxenreider

Tsh is the founder of this blog and just finished traveling around the world with her husband and 3 kids. Her latest book is Notes From a Blue Bike, and believes a passport is one of the world's greatest textbooks.

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  1. I do look forward to your weekend links posts. But I’m starting to think that I need to just stop looking at them. The link to ‘School is no place for a reader’ is just infuriating. As a public school teacher, I do understand many reasons families would choose home school or private school. But I also understand that we have vibrant public schools in this country. I teach at one of the more ‘plain jane’ schools around – no exciting programs or anything labeled STEM or Innovation! But – this is a good (make that great!) place to be a reader. Nothing like what was written in this article. Most reading program in my school, and the majority of public schools, use the “Daily Five” reading framework – a major piece of which is choosing ‘just right’ books and then READING them – not doing book reports or fliers as this article claims. For some beginning readers that means reading the pictures and letters of alphabet books. For more accomplished readers, that means diving into chapter books, and even more fun sometimes – deep, thoughtful, creative picture books. I have NEVER heard of a school library in which books were ‘preselected’ for kids. In our library, they do need to choose 1 fiction and 1 non-fiction per week, but this constraint doesn’t seem too restrictive, given that the goal is to expose children to a variety of types of books and print materials. Yes, there are schools in which teachers and staff will restrict a student’s possibilities through mundane rules and systems. However, that can happen in any education setting – public, private, homeschool or college. If you truly believe that all educational options are a possibility for some families, please choose to include not just links that creatively bash public schools again and again.

    • Sounds like you’ve got a great school, Katie! Feel free to share any well-written pieces you see around the Internet exploring all sorts of issues around the topic of education. If I like them, I’ll be happy to share. I just happen to have found lots of good stuff lately that helps people think outside the box of typical public school.

      Thanks for being a reader.

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