Essay on Much Ado About Standardized Literature

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Much Ado About Standardized Literature In the world of modern day education, school boards across the nation often refer to lists of “standard literature” when assigning reading materials to students. Among these novels are the classics: Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, and William Golding’s Lord of the Flies, just to name a few. But what are students truly gaining from reading these well-known works? What are the school boards across America hoping to teach students by enforcing “standard literature” in the curriculum? While many teachers, parents, and students may hope it is for the analysis of the author’s use of words or the thought-provoking studies about the distinct complexities of the English language, many school board mandates have explicitly stated that the study of language is not the primary intent for reading in their schools’ curriculums. Rather, most school boards prioritize the backgrounds of the authors, falsely crediting the diverse circumstances of these writers as the proponent of a student’s educational success. As a result, students are being fed irrelevant information about a story that is presented beyond the pages of their novel, content that is much more relevant in a history course instead of an English class. Although studying authors’ circumstances are important for students to learn about to a certain extent, it is essential for students to read for the sake of understanding the language contained within the…

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