Hey guys , I’m here with a discussion post with Camile and 10 other bloggers.
The point is to have a discussion on the reading required in high school , its consequences and what improvements can be made.
- Required readings
Required readings were either the best of your English class or the worst. There seems to be no middleground.
Because the classics can be utterly beautiful or mess up with your life.
The required reading consists of the following books (I’ve generalised across the countries I’ve searched)
- To kill a mocking bird
- Scarlet letter
- Catcher in the rye
- Romeo and Juliet
- Farenheit 451
- Animal farm.
The purpose of required reading seems to be similar through out the world. Kids “need” to read these and know these.
The purpose for us to read them were
- Happiness (some of us really enjoy classics but sorry to say I’m not some of us)
- to get a decent grade
That’s the introduction and lemme start with the stuff we deal in India.
My country’s system
I’m from India and there are multiple educational system here. Most common one is CBSE which is run by Central Government. And ICSE , which is England’s educational syllabus i guess . And there are separate boards for each and every state (28 different kinds of boards).
I won’t pretend I know all about the educational system because I don’t. I’m just gonna give you guys a preview of the information I collected.
Dini has a system with reading outside the text book upto 4-5 books and get questions about the particular book they read and she had to do a book report too.
Shruti on the other hand , had enthusiastic teacher and her school followed Oxford English textbooks , she has read many classics .
So we do have a lot of required reading in common but not everyone enjoys that. And I for one and many other “state” syllabus students didn’t have required reading at all.
India’s main problem comes with different study systems and diversity. We weren’t required to read or learn but we were supposed to “study” for grades.
Most of us didn’t have enthusiastic teachers to encourage us or a system that requires to read.
That ought to be changed. My reading habits mostly came from my parents who were big bookworms themselves. But I won’t say reading is altogether opposed .. It’s not encouraged in a way that its supposed to be.
What do you guys think about this?? Is required reading encouraged in your place??