Opinion: Alliteracy and the empathy gap

Buy Photo Children’s Literacy Foundation Executive Director Duncan McDougall of Waterbury reads stories and helps students find books to take home at The Integrated Arts Academy at H.O. Wheeler School in Burlington in 2014.(Photo: Free Press File)Buy Photo I want teenagers to read great books this summer. It’s not because I want them to meet testing or literacy goals, and it’s not even because I think reading is a great pastime, which it is. I want teenagers to read great books this summer – and always – because reading is an immediate empathy builder. It’s one of the best ways to better understand both our own experiences and those of the people around us. Two-time Newbery Medal-winning author Kate DiCamillo said that reading can “make hearts that are capable of…


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