Originally Posted by DiapDealer
I think it's a lot simpler than that: reading isn't "cool," because those who love to read aren't "cool".
I don't think I can go there....it's simpler to say single faceted people are not 'cool'. If all you do is read, you're not 'cool'. If all you do is play sports, you're not 'cool'. If all you are is pretty, you're not 'cool'. If all you do is program computers, you're not 'cool'.... The list goes on forever.
How you blend your talents and likes is what determines your 'cool' factor. Of course, the ultimate in 'cool' is not needing a bunch of sycophants to affirm your 'cool' factor!
By the way, no matter what you 'force' kids to read in school, someone is going to hate it (all I have to do is mention Jane Austen to get this thread going off topic
). Required reading in school is about comprehension and critical thinking, not content!!!