Sunday, May 30, 2004

Drawing in students: The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that more and more graphic novels are making their way into school libraries:

"People's first reaction is, 'Oh my God, you have comic books in high school libraries? Let's get real.' But if this is the way to get reluctant readers to read because of the format, then that's a good thing."

But not everyone is convinced it's such a good idea:

"I think English teachers are all too soft-hearted. When did a biology teacher turn to his students and say, 'Oh, you don't like photosynthesis? OK, let's stop doing it.' Do I care if a student doesn't like Great Expectations in the first 15 pages? Our job as educators is to broaden student interests, not pander to them."

(Thanks to Matt Maxwell for the link.)