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.
Students should read classical literature
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.
Incorporating both classics and contemporary literature creates well rounded students
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 literature, set in a time and place far removed from themselves, and contemporary literature that discusses issues that directly relate to the modern world.