Mission statement of Ebooks for Students, Ltd., a non-profit in Washington D.C.
The goal of this 501 (c)(3) non-profit is to provide students with with exciting, informative and low-cost ebooks in order to increase the amount of reading accomplished in secondary school classrooms. Too often in the past, teachers have not been able to obtain a class set of books—with a book for each student—needed to provide abundant reading opportunities. With free or low cost ebooks, you can remove this barrier.
The amount of print exposure in the years before college or employment could increase. With more reading and writing sucessfully completed in high school, students will then be more likely to avoid the remedial classwork in community college which delays their progress toward degrees.
Do the quality of reading assigments matter? Will excitement and drama of biographies and stories about life and death in Korean War, the Civil Rights Movement, the Mexican Revolution and the Middle East help build the habit of reading or are textbooks enough?
Do students need the repetition of characters and setttings available in a biographies or can weaker readers handle the blurring abundance of topics in world history textbooks?
Our favorite reformer of the 1980s said that bad books damage students and schools. In “Horace Compromise,” Ted Sizer wrote that…