From a comment to "24 Book Reports a Year -- isn't this a bit excessive?" at Mothering.com Forum: Learning At School:
NOTE: I have removed this comment from my blog due to objections from the author.
This was my reply (now somewhat out of context):
Actually, I've got some easy answers: why not leave the kids alone? The common thread running through all these strategies is that reading for pleasure has been taken away from the child and is now owned by the teacher. The child has to prove, to the teacher's satisfaction, that he's reading the prescribed amount of prescribed content (and having the prescribed "thoughtful" response!) in what used to be his free time. It's enough to make anyone hate reading.