If I was in Boomerang's or Mo's role, I would vehemently oppose the reading calendar, too. It would be a serious imposition by the school onto my privacy and my family life. Reading is personal. What I read in the privacy of my room is nobody else's business. I would hate this to be monitored and judged by outsiders.
Granted, the reading list policy in Mo's school isn't the same thing. Its purpose is much more benign, and its punishment for non-compliance isn't a jail sentence, just a loss of brownie points in school. But as an intrusion into people's private family life, it's close enough to creep me out.
The inventors of reading calendars ought to be ashamed of themselves.
I am sooo in agreement with this.
It smacks of "you WILL have fun, even if I have to force you."
I wonder what would happen if some big mucky muck, important to the school board, had a child who responded like mo? Probably "alternatives" would be provided.
I would say (in part) the teacher "If the objective is to get mo to read better and enjoy reading, obviously you have failed"....and yes, I would say YOU, blaming it on some system allows her to veer away from her responsibility. Making it that "You" have failed puts the onus on her and her direct relationship with mo.
Then, I would ask, and re-ask "What does it matter if I write in the log, or mo?" If mo is reading, it will get marked down, whether by you or him is irrelevant.
In later years, when mo discovers a renewable, non-polluting energy source, is it going to matter if he enters the data into the system, or his assistant?
Mo is busy doing important brain work, leave the pencil pushing to his assistant boom.
"Oh....if we let mo do it this way, other children will want to do it that way too"
So? Will they be reading?
Open mo's imagination, or break his spirt, all over some scribbles of graphite on a piece of paper.