Change the literature we teach, and the way we teach it



General topics related to teaching literature

Specific literature books - Bad Literature / Good Literature


Talking about this walks a fine line with my friends and beliefs.

I am an artist. I love art. I go out for everything - theater, music, movies, paintings, sculpture, poetry.

And as such, many of my best friends are those who love to read. Many good friends are also Literature teachers.


But, alas, this is where we differ.

I believe that most of the literature that schools force students to read are bad art. Much of the art is vague, depressing, weird, and offers nothing good to show.

I thought this when I was in school.

And as I have read more, as I have seen more art, as I have produced more art of my own (and very successfully), I am more and more convinced of this fact:

Much of the literature taught in school is terrible, and should be scrapped in favor of other novels.


Again, I love art, I love my artist friends, I love my English Teacher friends.

But I do not like the art they define as classics. There are so many good novels put out every year, other novels that speak more about human nature, better novels from which we can learn. It is those novels we should be reading.

General topics related to teaching literature


The elements that should be in any book we consider teaching as Literature


Specific literature books - Bad Literature

Most of what I put here are those "classic" litaterture books that I think should be scrapped, and I will explain why in detail for each case.

To Kill a Mockingbird

Great Expectations

Specific literature books - Good Literature


The Travels of Huck Finn

Alice in Wonderland, Through the Looking Glass

A Christmas Carol

The Hobbit, and Lord of the Rings

Around the World in 80 Days

Homer's Iliad and Odyssey

A Tale of Two Cities

Jonathan Swift's satire: Gulliver's Travels

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Catch 22



FYI: I didn't plan on this, but I just realized that many of the best classic literature are adventures. Remember what I've said about life - life is a journey, and on the journey we learn. I think that concept is a key underlying element as to why these books are useful to have young students read. Of course there is much, much more to each of these stories than just adventure...