A tale I heard
Writer Michael Rosen talking in 2010 about the high point of serving as the Children’s Laureate:
"I had the chance to argue my case about the vital importance of literature in children’s education. We are crazy if we think the easiest way to help children understand complex and abstract ideas is with worksheets and units. The world’s wisdom is the world’s literature. The people who wrote those books were engaging with ideas and feelings of the most complex, intimate, and difficult sort. And I include myself in that group. The school system should not be about test scores. Books are central to any decent education."