Thought it might be interesting (and hopefully spur some comments) to start up an ongoing Reading List for a reformed American educational system. My additions are certainly not meant to be definitive, instead, they’re more intended as non-traditional texts, works that would probably never be read or studied in a pre-college classroom today, but that I wish had been.
Therefore, by suggesting some of the books I have included below, I’m not suggesting that certain classics be omitted to make space, I’m simply offering suggestions of texts that I would have enjoyed studying in middle or high school.
Suggestions do not need to be for a specific grade level, although including one would help, and providing a rational for suggestions is encouraged but not necessary.
My initial thoughts:
Black Hawk Down by Mark Bowden
Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
Animal Farm by George Orwell – while not really a non-traditional text, in that it’s probably read in a fair number of high schools, if forced to choose, I’d much rather see this studied than 1984 or Lord of the Flies, which seem to sort of function interchangeably in high school literature programs. Growing up, students would have one or two, but hardly ever all three, unless it was on their own.
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