I am a victim of a crime. And today, in front of all of you I will confess…I haven’t read a full book since Garde 10. I’m not going to lie, the last book I think I’ve ever read word to word, front to back was back in grade 10, where I’m pretty sure the teacher indirectly threatened us with a detention if we didn’t. Yes, it took me a while, 2 months to be exact and yes I did finish it after the assessment was over. However, if I enjoyed it or not is a whole other question.
What happened to the fun storytime sessions? What happened to the bookclub meetings every month? What happened to the prizes for the person who reads the most books? Where is the place where we voluntarily come to read? From the choice of text to the close reading aspect. These are the reasons why studying discourages students to read for joy.
Firstly, the type of novels studied increases the discouragement on students on not reading. With books like To Kill a Mockingbird in the curriculum, there are 4 main reasons on this book should be replaced:
Moving on, another severely damaging aspect to study literature is the necessary close reading and examining. I don’t remember the last book I’ve ever read for pleasure. That may prove two things:
However, literature today shapes the world. It results to better vocab, writing skills – something which none of us can get enough of – and awareness of the real world. It is a form of art but in letters, a gateway into different cultural and historical ideologies.
Therefore, studying literature destroys the love of reading due to the discrete selection of texts and the analyzing aspect of reading.
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