A few days back I posted on a textbook I found. “The Garden in the Wilderness” explored the themes found in the first few books of the Bible and how they have influenced the literature of Western civilization. It was from the 70s, and I wondered if schools would even use such a text today.
Well, it turns out our schools are going to be using even less literature now. If this article in The Telegraph is correct, our children will be exposed to fewer works of fiction. It seems such works as “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “Catcher in the Rye” (which I am not a particular fan of, by the way) will be replaced by what are being called “informational texts.” These new texts could explore such things as proper insulation levels and invasive plant species. Wow.
The change will supposedly happen by the 2014 school year. The reason for the change is that schools want to better prepare students for the work force.
Is that what we as a culture view education as being about?. If so, we are in worse trouble than I thought.
Any thoughts out there?