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Switching classics for moderns in the classroom

There has been a lot of talk among the new wave of teachers of wanting to switch out classics for their modern counter parts. Students have also expressed interest of reading ‘The Hunger Games’ instead of ‘Lord Of The Flies’ for class.

Would switching out classics for modern books be beneficial? Will teachers not also fall into teaching "old books" to their much younger students? Wouldn’t this practice be counterproductive for kids, when it comes to state testing and university classes who prefer and teach classics?

  • I think this is a valuable and interesting topic! This is a huge question facing Reading/English classrooms today. – Sean Gadus 7 months ago
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  • Something that could add to this topic is a discussion of the literary canon. When schools teach classics, they are teaching books often considered to be a part of the 'literary' or 'western canon.' While these books do have merit based on how often they are read, studied, and written about, at the same time, there is push back because of how limited this canon is. It is dominated by white male writers from Western European countries which leaves a lot of fantastic writing by people who do not fit this definition out. The desire to read other books may be influenced by the lack found in the classics. – MeganFriess 7 months ago
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