The idea of substituting classic literature for more contemporary works in the classroom has been a continuous topic of discussion throughout many school districts. To teach the classics, or not to teach the classics? That is the question.
Classic literature provides students a glimpse into the past and further enriches their understanding of the world around them.
Reading the classics is part of "cultural literacy"
Classic literature teaches about political, economic, and social issues from various times and places.
Classic literature and shared emotional response
By reading classic literature that has been taught in schools for decades, students have the opportunity to experience the same emotional responses as the students who came before them.
Modern literature directly discusses the issues of today, allowing students to relate to what they are reading.
The diversity of classic literature is severely lacking
The classics that are taught in schools are often written by the same type of people; dead rich white men.
Contemporary literature is a great tool for education
Students who read the classics are able to make connections to today's world, but so are those who read modern literature.
The past has directly influenced the present so it is important for today's students to learn about life today but also about how we got here.
The benefits of a blended learning environment
Students can benefit from reading both classic, set in a time and place far removed from themselves, and contemporary literature that discusses issues that directly relate to the modern world.
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