Rachel's Blog: Hostility for literature
Geeze, I like Phillip Pullman. Here in an old essay in the Guardian he writes about the horrible state of literacy education in the UK (and elsewhere too, I'm sure). Not that the kids aren't literate - but that they hate reading and have any real creativity in their writing stifled or drummed out of them. This is apparently from a series of essays. A choice comment from Anne Fine further along in the article is:
"There is no intrinsic reason why a fast first stab at a piece of writing shouldn't be the best it could be," Fine says. "And this is not maths. 'Showing your working' is not a virtue in English."