Thursday, August 30, 2007
Assigning Classics and the Love of Reading
I have always believed that kids shouldn't be subjected to reading the classics in middle school and high school because it teaches them, more than likely, to hate reading as adults.
Joe Queenan's essay called "Summer Bummer" supports my claim, essentially, and names works by Hardy, Eliot and Dickens as the bugaboo texts teachers insist on assigning as summer reading for adolescents . And he's talking about "Advanced Placement" kids. I can imagine what "average" kids think about reading such indecipherable texts.
Give Queenan's essay a read. There's a good laugh at the end of it. :)