Monday, August 20, 2007

More on the public schools

Tonight, at the CHS open house, the 9th grade honors English teacher described the long list of books the class will be reading: Greek and Roman myths, Indian, Chinese and Japanese literature, a Dickens novel, some James Joyce, Chekhov, Kafka. You need to feed excellent minds with excellent literature, he said. What is the point of feeding children literary pap? Thank you, Mr. E. I'm glad someone has sensible ideas about literature in school.

How are kids supposed to succeed in a class like his, if the foundation of their reading in the primary grades is stupid little "books" from Open Court? Berenstain Bears stories? Books based on Disney movies?

How about some Laura Ingalls Wilder or Beverly Cleary? L.M. Boston, Maud Hart Lovelace, Susan Cooper, Madeline L'Engle, A.A. Milne...

1 comment:

  1. I couldn't agree more. When we were at open house on Monday, I was absolutely thrilled by the library in my older daughter's classroom.