There’s a primary school girl in our neighbour who has just started to borrow books from us. A habit we are trying to encourage. She can already read, which in itself is pretty awesome! Today she returned Fantastic Mr Fox by Roald Dahl and said: ‘my mother said it is not good to read novels’. What? I probed a little: ‘Why does she think that?’ ‘Because’, she replied, ‘she said it is not good to study literature’.
Hmmm, possibly a belief that reading and studying books will not get you a ‘good job’. There is a lot of work to be done in the education community here!