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  Pullman says tests will make kids hate books
Updated 30 September 2003, 14.32
Philip Pullman thinks the way kids learn at school isn't good
Top kid's author Philip Pullman wants the way you learn at school to change because he says it's no fun.

Pullman, who used to be a teacher, says there are so many tests that you don't get the chance to enjoy books anymore - only to answer questions about them.

He also thinks children will learn to say the right things to get them good marks when they read books, instead of what they really think of them.

Will kids grow up hating books?
Will kids grow up hating books?
Eventually Pullman, who wrote the hugely successful His Dark Materials trilogy, thinks the way you're told to read in schools means you'll end up hating reading books altogether.

Another kid's author, Anne Fine, says all the tests are stopping kids from learning how to make things up in their head and then write stories about them.

Three other kids' authors have joined Pullman and Fine to write to the government about the way you are taught, and why they think it should change.

They also met the man in charge of schools, education minister Charles Clarke, and told him about their complaints.

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