Forcing Literature in Schools
Should Students be forced to read books they don’t enjoy for school?
I was a lucky student in my high school I mostly enjoyed all the books that I was forced to read in school, There were only two that I didn’t like and I still have never finished reading.
I have always been a reader, so reading in school wasn’t a chore for me, I got to discover some great stories such as Hatchet, The Call of the wild, Tomorrow when the War began and Romeo and Juliet. Unfortunately I had to also read Pride and Prejudice and The Great Gatsby.
My opinion on this topic is that no one should be forced to read books they are not interested in. I believe that there is a book out there for everyone, forcing someone to read a book they don’t like could be more harmful than productive, such as I love classic novels but I wont read another Jane Austin book because my concentration levels as well as maturity was not high enough to understand what I was reading and what it meant. I think at my age now I would be able to sit and read classics now, because I want to not because I have to.
The pressure was just too high in school for me to sit and really focus on the words as well as deciphering the language they spoke.
What do you think? Did you enjoy the stories you had to read in school?