In the U.S., some districts still make kids read the exact same books they did in the 1990s.
The number of teachers who are required to read at least one new book a day, according to a recent report from the National Center for Education Statistics, is growing.
The percentage of U.K. schools with that rule, however, has been declining for the past decade.
The reason is simple: Kids are learning new books that don’t necessarily suit their interests.
A new report from The Washington Post found that while some schools are changing their curriculums to better accommodate reading, others are opting to give students a new book or two at the end of each lesson to fill the gaps.
In the U-K, schools are taking a page out of the book of the Utopians by David Bicknell, who wrote that the best way to improve student learning was to teach them books that they would like to read.
According to the report, “The biggest problem in the Uplift Movement is that it has turned a classroom into a classroom of books.”
One example: A year ago, students in one Uplifts district were taught books by The Catcher in the Rye, but the books they received were by no means as good as the books from their previous year.
“There’s been a lot of work to be done,” said Karen Mather, the school’s principal, during a recent interview with the Post.
What you need to know about the book ban: The book ban is an edict enacted in 2002 in response to the “lazy reading” problem in schools.
According to the United Nations, more than half of the world’s children under the age of 5 are illiterate.
Many experts believe that reading is a critical tool for developing reading skills.
The problem is especially acute in some developing countries, where there is a lack of books to help children learn how to read, which often leads to reading deficits.
Teachers across the country are calling for a ban on reading for at least a year, though some argue that it’s best for students to wait.
If you want to learn more about the ban, check out our recent story about why it’s not working.
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