My treasure for the day, which will wander through my head instead of lyrics from Beauty and the Beast:
We shouldn’t teach great books; we should teach a love of reading.
That makes me smile. If I require the reading of great books during my children’s tender years, at best, they’ll graduate with the knowledge of a few great books. If I can set on fire a love of reading…then I’ve opened for them the library of the world. It’s the educational equivalent of, “give a man a fish, feed him for a day, teach him to fish, feed him for his life.”
Logically thinking, this fallacy may be a false dilemma. Is it not possible to achieve both? What I walk away from this quote with is that I need to choose which goal is most important, most meaningful, most lovely. Which will I pursue most enthusiastically, trusting that the other will follow naturally?
I don’t care if my children are reading “great books” or books they think are great. If they keep reading, they’ll find great books. They’re learning to fish.