Fifty books a year – that’s the recommended annual amount of literature in the government’s latest ‘nanny state’ proclamation. Education Secretary Michael Gove is intending to shake up the national curriculum and make teachers less reliant on staple – and therefore short – texts like John Steinbeck’s of Mice and Men and increase variety and quality of recommended reading for students. Laudable.
But it has been suggested that this should also apply to adult’s reading. Who’s got the time?
I like reading – I’m addicted to it – but 50 books a year – that’s a book a week. Try fitting reading that volume in around the pressures of a busy family life and a full-time job.
Not to mention the cash to buy them or the lack of libraries from which to borrow them if government and local authority cuts force their closure.
- Why do 90% of schools teach Of Mice and Men? (bbc.co.uk)
- Children ‘should read 50 books a year’, says Gove (telegraph.co.uk)
- Children’s laureate raises doubts over Gove’s 50-book challenge (guardian.co.uk)
- Michael Gove: pupils should read 50 books a year (telegraph.co.uk)
- Should children read 50 books a year? (guardian.co.uk)