British teachers who participated in a recent survey say that many older male students are reluctant readers -- discouraged by longer books. The result, they say, is that teachers are selecting shorter books for classroom assignments. "If you have a 13 year-old who won't read then sit him down with the sports section of a tabloid," said Colin Terrell, an educational psychologist and lecturer in psychology. "It's more important to get their reading level up than to try and get them to read great literature."
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