In the course of perusing the comments on Masala Skeptic’s now infamous Twilight review, I noticed the following from commenter coreyjf (whose blog assures us that he is not in fact the ’80s actor of the same name):
…as a former teacher, I donâ€™t care what they are reading as long as they keep doing it. At the very least it builds reading comprehension.
I want to agree, but I’m not quite there, and I think this deserves further discussion separate from the whole Twilight debate.
Does the act of reading have innate value over and above the subject matter being read? Should we be encouraging reading for the sake of reading?