The adage goes: “there is more than one way to skin a cat”. I am going to put a different spin on it. “There is more than one our public school system promotes inequity in education.” Today, I’d like to write about Equity in reading instruction. I know you would be surprise to learn, like I was, that when you as a reading teacher negate the students the opportunity of reading choice you are marginalizing them.
Take for example those dreaded required summer reading lists…I hated them when my own children brought them home. I wanted them to read but not what was on the list! What did I do? With one hand, I fought the school system and with the other….I made my children read those books….I regret doing that. I remember my school years, when I had to read what the teacher told me to read, analyze and like novels like: Jane Eyre, Dona Barbara, 1984 by George Orwell and Marianela. I loved to read but I was a teenager looking for my voice and identity and none of those books fit my needs. Talking about needs, do you think I am advocating for anarchy in the reading classroom? Absolutely not! You are still the adult and you are wiser. One way to achieve equity in the reading classroom without waiting for the Department of Education to change their policies is by giving your students a choice of the books they will read from a selection that you’ll present them with.