Teachers want to ditch classic novels in favour of shorter books because they reckon boys do not have the stamina to read more than 100 pages.
So they want books of less than 100 pages? Are we back to ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ again?
Boys are so used to computer games and watching TV their attention spans have shrunk and they are ‘intimidated’ by long books, a study has found.
They’re going to be totally flummoxed by most company’s H&S policies and employment contracts then. Should they actually get a job…
Teachers believe the classics they are expected to teach, by authors such as Jane Austen, can put boys off reading for life.
Do they have any alternative suggestions? If so, they don’t say. Oddly, most ‘Harry Potter’ books are quite long, and they seem to have no problems with those. Maybe Jane Austen isn’t the sort of thing they want to read?
But why would this become an issue now?
The findings come as Education Secretary Michael Gove prepares to include more classical literature in the curriculum.
Ah! Now it’s all clear. This is less a valid concern, more a bit of political manoeuvring…
Bestselling children’s author Frank Cottrell Boyce said that in today’s world boys are intimidated by long books.He said: ‘They must be started on shorter books. Nobody wants to run a marathon if they can’t run.’
Nobody would want to run a marathon at all if they were told ‘Well, that’s far too long for you – just run half the 100 metres course, if you feel like it’…
Mr Cottrell Boyce added the problem was less pronounced with girls.‘Boys are not as good as girls at sitting and listening,’ he said.
Errr, OK. If you say so….