Reading education "absurd" says Rosen

<p>Children&#39;s laureate Michael Rosen has branded current reading education &quot;absurd and pathetic&quot;, and called on the government to make reading compulsory by law, the Daily Telegraph reports. </p><p>Speaking at a conference in London staged by the charity Booktrust, he said it was &quot;extraordinary&quot; that many children aged eight to 14 never read books, concentrating instead on worksheets compiled by teachers. </p><p> He called on schools secretary Ed Balls to force every local authority and school to develop policies on the reading of books, the newspaper said. </p>