Reading workshop gives children pleasure with minimal strings attached. This can drive middle-class Americans crazy. One legacy of our Purital heritage and Protestant work ethic seems to be an unhealthy skepticism about any pedagogy that doesn't involve drill, self-discipline, and learning how to tolerate boredome and postpone gratification. But pleasure isn't immoral. Pleasure includes the enjoyment we find in artistry and beauty, in empathy and understanding, in thinking and learning and teaching.