We tell a child to read a book because they’ll enjoy it, but inside our aim is to increase vocabulary, or prepare them for a benchmark assessment. You can only be told one thing by a person who means another, even if their intentions are pure, for so long before you begin to tune them out.
Can’t I want children to read both for enjoyment and because it’s good for them?
Of course. But at some point you’ll be in a position to make a choice that will reveal the priority of your intentions.
“Why do I have to take this test?”
A. “Because it helps me see how much you are learning.”
B. “Because I have to. It’s my job.”
C. “You don’t. Go read and enjoy yourself.”
“Every lie is two lies--the lies we tell others, and the lies we tell ourselves to justify it.”