From Paul's Livejournal:
Professor Mary Burgess:
I am really going to have to talk to (former student) aren’t I? Again, my thoughts on this are much more nuanced than that. I am not some mad fascist. I have two teenagers of my own, and I know that some kids will read nothing but Baby Sitter Club books. That’s fine. But for kids who want to go in different places, I think we need to help them get there. I think that summer reading lists should include all kinds of books for all kinds of kids. Offer them formula fiction. Offer them classics. Maybe librarians could provide a list that’s just challenging stuff for kids who want to move forward without teachers looking over their shoulders. It is my opinion that summer is a special time when kids who want to can really read deeply. To make summer reading only just for pleasure is no more fair than saying it should only be enriching or inspiring.
Doesn't make me like the WSJ any more, though. They never would have let an intern write a piece about something "important". Still dead to me.