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Here is the real problem… People are so desperate to raise test scores that we could well end up with a nation full of kids who can pass tests but can neither read critically nor enjoy the act of reading itself. P. David Pearson February 2003
Why Naked Reading? A naked child A drive with an author Some great research findings A late night inspiration
NEW RULES You have the right to read the last chapter first. You have the right to read the last chapter first and then put the book back on the shelf.
NEW RULES You have the right to ignore all critics. You have the right to read the book spine of the person sitting next to you, even on a plane. And if you can't make it out, you have the right to ASK. 43
New Rules You have the right to stop reading a book whenever you decide it's not worth the effort, or that you simply don't like it. You have the right to refuse to read any book anyone else picks out for you. Even if it's a birthday present.
NEW RULES When you find that you're dawdling on your way back to a book, ditch it. 45
Finally… You have the right to read a book and not take a test or create a diorama or write a report or do ANYthing. 46
You also have the right to read SpeakLoudly.org
manifesto To you zealots and bigots and false patriots who live in fear of discourse. You screamers and banners and burners who would force books off shelves in your brand name of greater good.
You say you’re afraid for children, innocents ripe for corruption by perversion or sorcery on the page. But sticks and stones do break bones, and ignorance is no armor. You do not speak for me, and will not deny my kids magic in favor of miracles.
You say you’re afraid for America, the red, white and blue corroded by terrorists, socialists, the sexually confused. But we are a vast quilt of patchwork cultures and multi-gendered identities. You cannot speak for those whose ancestors braved different seas.
You say you’re afraid for God, the living word eroded by Muhammed and Darwin and Magdalene. But the omnipotent sculptor of heaven and earth designed intelligence. Surely you dare not speak for the father, who opens his arms to all.
A word to the unwise. Torch every book. Char every page. Burn every word to ash. Ideas are incombustible. And therein lies your real fear. — Ellen HopkinS, bestselling author of Crank , Fallen, Identical, and more