School: We Need a Better Reading Curriculum!

Thursday, 1 October 2015

In case you didn't know... 

I'm a high school sophomore. And I guess I'm proud? I'm kidding, duh. In elementary school, English used to be my strongest (and favourite) subject, but last year that kind of went downhill and I ended up getting a bad teacher. But I'm obviously not here to complain about that, it's more about your opinion on something we students call curriculum. So we have hundreds of favourite novels that mean so much and go through subjects that can be so intense and interesting that our lives are completely changed forever after we flip the last page. Don't you want everyone to read your favourite book as well, give the author praise, and fangirl with you as well? 

Well, if most people you know in your school don't read, then we kind of have an issue here. People, especially teenagers who I personally know, always say that schools choose the most boring books to read that make no sense and go through complicated subjects and where every phrase or sentence has this huge deep meaning. Honestly, every freaking word has a deeper meaning.

From what I can remember, I'll list you all of the books we ever had to read in school, counting high school (from last year) and from Grades 4-8. Trust me, there's not too many. There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom, The Outsiders, The Hunger Games, Lord of the Flies, Shattered, Romeo and Juliet, The Diary of Anne Frank and Zlata's Diary. You see the last five books? I read those all last year.

So what's my point here?

We need to read more and better books. Books that are modern, that aren't too 'difficult' and boring for individuals. I'm a total book lover, but I can admit that there are boring books out there. Before I get ahead of myself, I want to ask you wonderful people......

What books have you read in school, and what do you wish you read in school?

Next time, we'll look at results and I'll go way deep into this!


  1. Love this post! In high school, I've been reading a lot of Shakespeare, but I kind of which we could read more coming of age.

    1. Thanks Zoe! <3 I only read one Shakespeare play and I really enjoyed it, but I wish we had more choices and a variety! :)

  2. I agree with you. I am going to be honest and say I have come off with a brilliant English teacher and we have a lovely curriculum because I have been able to read a lot of modern books as well as classics. And so far, I have reasonably been able to enjoy the majority of what we have read. And a lot of the ones on our syllabus are ones that I previously had on my TBR already!

    1. That's fabulous! I love teachers who decide to put modern books on their syllabuses so students can relate and enjoy them more! I find that a majority of my classmates always complain about boredom and how most of the books we are reading are in complete different time periods... which does not work too well in some cases. :) Lucky!


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