Hello and welcome to today’s post on required reading in school. I hope you’ve all been having a FAB week and are ready to get your discussion caps on*!
*like a thinking cap geddit?! *sniggers*
I’m doing this as part of an AMAZING discussion chain called ‘The Bloggers in the Attic’ (how awesome is that name?) hosted by Cam from Reader in the Attic! A discussion chain is basically where we choose a certain topic to discuss as a group and give our own thoughts and takes on it! Here are links to the posts that have come before mine and the blogs that are posting after me! Be sure to check them out as they are really interesting!
2nd – Cam @Reader in the Attic
4th – Kal @Reader Voracious
6th – Lara @Naija Book Bae
8th – Isabelle @Bookwyrm Bites
10th – Sam @Fictionally Sam
12th – Dany @Dany’s Book Blog
14th – Ben @Ben’s Reads
16th – ME!
18th – Clo @Book Dragons
20th – Lauren @Northern Plunder
24th – Lili @Lili Star Reads
My post is going to be a Pros/Cons of Required Reading! This may not be completely relatable to everyone as they mainly reflect my own experiences as a student in the UK. I’d love to hear about your experiences though so share them in the comments below!
Pros: Required Reading
- Helps you to read outside of your comfort zone
Life can be pretty nice in the ‘stick to certain genres’ bubble. You don’t go outside your comfort zone and just stick to the books you like (or can rant about passionately even if you end up hating them) but NO MORE. Required reading gives you opportunities to explore genres you might not have normally whether that be historical fiction, non-fiction, poetry or fantasy. They are normally a good starting point in a certain genre as they are normally pretty famous (for a good reason hopefully). You may end up loving the book you try
still waiting for this to happen hah … or you might hate it but at least you tried, right? That definitely deserves a pat on the back and some chocolate at the least!
- You get guidance in class to understand complicated books
Books outside your comfort zone are normally quite hard to understand and this is one of the reasons why you might not read a variety of books. Required reading is helpful as you can get guidance from teachers/friends to help you work out what’s going on and also gain a deeper understanding of a book. This might also increase the chance of you liking a book because you can spot connections and hidden Easter eggs!
- Gives you the experience of reading as a group
This might not be the same for everyone but whenever we have required reading, we do a part of it in class with everybody reading out a bit of the extract. It is a different experience and can be really fun!
It can be really annoying especially when someone reads too quietly or something but its still fun! You get the opportunity to discuss whatever you read with other people and tbh that is just super fun!
Cons: Required Reading
- Lack of time
We are all pretty busy dragons. I myself have to do many difficult things in a day:
- STUDY (eww i know)
- Protect precious booklings
- Plot world domination
- Hoard treasure
- Practice scaring away intrusive humans
- Conquer the dangerous TBR
- Run away from falling books (they hurt i’m not kidding)
- EAT CAKE
As you can see, I OBVIOUSLY have no time at all due to my v.v.v. important activities. And this is without all the homework and sport and extra stuff I have to do so when am I going to fit all that required reading in? In my experience required reading is normally not that long (eg. ‘Of Mice and Men’, ‘Macbeth’, ‘A Christmas Carol’ etc) but they often need a lot of analysing and brain power to understand… and i have like none.
- Lack of interest
If we’re being completely honest, when I’m told to do something, my interest in doing it literally disappears. Reading is normally so much fun but when it’s required, I’m a lot more likely to get distracted and have negative views towards it. Students are being forced to read things they don’t enjoy and this can end up with them disliking ALL reading which is quite sad. Life is pretty short so why would you want to spend time on something you’re not interested in or enjoy?
- Outdated books
Required Reading normally consists of classics (at least in the U.K) which have been written a long time ago. This means that the topics covered in the book just aren’t relevant any more
aka no one actually cares. They are hard to understand because of the way they have been written (Old English with ancient terms we’ve never even heard of before). Chances are, you’re probably not going to have to work out what brabble* means and even if you do, the internet exists for a reason. Classics can often be racist and homophobic so is it really worth teaching kids about them?
*’to argue loudly about silly things’ if you were interested
In my opinion, required reading is important because it gives you the chance to read books you wouldn’t normally have picked up! However, we should start to have more modern and diverse required reading which actually reflect the modern day society!
CHAT WITH ME! What do you think? Do you have required reading in your country? Any books you wish were required reading? What do you like about required reading? Favourite book you
were forced had to read? DIVULGE YOUR SECRETS…