September 5, 2013
On a family vacation a few weeks ago, my older nephew’s unhappiness with school was a major topic of conversation. His fifth grade teacher, it turns out, required all of the kids in class to read assigned books at the same rate—sprinting ahead was strictly forbidden. For a kid who just tested at the reading level of a high school senior, this was a pointlessly morale-killing rule that contributed to a very smart boy’s growing discontent with school.
I used to get in trouble for the sin of “reading ahead,” too.