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Should there be specific texts that all students of high school English must read?

  • That's just how the education system has to work.

    While there is a debate over whether or not books such as The Great Gatsby, or The Pearl are too stale and irrelevant for today's young readers, there is no doubt that required reading should be, well, required. Teachers have to do some standard grading and benchmarking, which is impossible if you just let 100 kids read 100 different things.

  • Yes, there should be specific texts that all students read.

    While choice is vital to students engaging in reading, there is a place for assigned texts that might otherwise be overlooked by students because the books are perceived as too old, too long, or represent a different genre or author with which students are unfamiliar. Also, reading a common text fosters our cultural identity and creates a basis for discussion about topics and perspectives that help students learn and grow.

  • Yes High school students should have required reading.

    It is a sad state that our public education system is currently in, kids are not reading. When they do read, they choose to read the likes of the Twilight books. That is all well and good for light entertaining reading, but we should all know real literature, even if only for four miserable years. Or, perhaps we should dumb it down a bit more, and make the dictionary the required reading? How amazing would it be if everyone in that high school class knew how to look up a word they didn't know without the assistance of their smartphone?

  • Doesn't expose them to diversity

    Not being exposed to multi-literature text can hurt the development of students in understanding the world they live in. How can we expect students to adknowledge other cultures when we are limiting them by forcing them to read specific text. Education is the single most important factor for a successful life.

  • Doesn't expose them to diversity

    Not being exposed to multi-literature text can hurt the development of students in understanding the world they live in. How can we expect students to adknowledge other cultures when we are limiting them by forcing them to read specific text. Education is the single most important factor for a successful life.

  • High School student should be reading the classics, but allowed to choose from a list.

    My degree is in English literature, so I not only love reading, but am a firm believer in the importance of reading good books. To engender a love of reading in young people, they need to enjoy the subject matter. High school students need to be exposed to the classics, but there's no shortage of important literary works. Allow students to choose from a suitable list, so that they not only gain exposure to good literature, but also enjoy the experience of reading.

  • There are classics that English students should read, but which ones should be the decision of the teachers that will be teaching the classes.

    The decision of what books should be used in high school English should be up to the teachers who will be actually teaching the classes. They understand the specific needs of their classes and can target the reading list to meet the interests of the students while at the same time meeting the educational goals of their school districts.

  • No, nothing specific.

    No, I do not think that there should be specific texts that all students in high school English classes should read. There are many classics out there that would work just fine, such as "The Outsiders" or "To Kill A Mockingbird." The problem would be if the books they are assigned some day become Twilight or something similar.


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