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I Think It’s Time to Rethink High School Reading Requirements

When you were in high school, did you ever question the required reading choices to pass your literature classes?


The other day I was helping my younger brother with his English assignment and noticed that he had a copy of Heartless, an Alice in Wonderland adaptation. Surprised to see it in his pile of school books, I picked it up and with a smile I asked him proudly if he was finally taking interest in reading on his own time. Being a fan of fantasy, I must say I was a proud older sister at that moment. He then took the book and told me “No, it’s the book we’re reading for one of my literature classes. The one I’m doing a research paper on.”


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I must have looked pretty confused because he immediately explained that his literature teacher had assigned modern adaptations of classics along for class assignments. The reason she gave them was that this would help them experience all forms of writing and open their minds to creativity. Although the school still had a set of required reading to be done in that year, she decided to try different approaches. The assignment was for the students to read both the original classic and the modern adaptation and write a report comparing the two.


While the study of classic literature does have its merits, it seemed like a great idea to take the kids out of the classic literature world because for too long young people have been taught only one type of literature in school. After all, it is an English and writing class, so why not broaden their minds?


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Art history, music appreciation, and other classes that focus on specific art forms in a historical and analytical way can be both beneficial and enjoyable for students, but they are not required. Language classes are a definite necessity since they are applied in most if not all professions, but the study of classic literature is unnecessary. Studying classic literature in language classes provides no future benefit for students other than personal enjoyment or preparation to become a professor of classic literature themselves. Furthermore, those who struggle with language classes will only be hurt further by being forced to read and understand books written in older English, which is vastly different from the language used today and will most likely never will be used at any other point in their lives.


In my experience, even as an avid reader and lover of the written word, the majority of these reading requirements weren’t enjoyable for me. Having to take history classes then coming to English class to read a book about a soldier going through the Vietnam war wasn’t a bit pleasant. Usually after finishing the book, we were required to see the movie adaptation to write reports on how the film and book were different. This did nothing for me.


With the world changing as fast as it is, maybe it’s time schools reconsidered reading requirements for kids. There are hundreds of different genres and in today’s world that could very well be used as examples of different thought processes and writing styles, especially if there are students who are interested in going into the field of English Literature and creative writing.



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A Homeless Man’s Coloring Book Pages Show Us Another Side of Creativity

A lesson for children and adults alike.

Healing, like creativity, is a process; there is no on/off switch. It flows like a river, sporadically obstructed by nature and chance. Shit happens—emotionally, spiritually, physically, we get hurt and we turn to various outlets to heal. People exercise, meditate, cleanse, float in some sort of sensory reduction tank (because apparently, that’s a thing), and others create. Regarding books, I do not mean to exclude the reader from this act of creation. There’s a well-known quote by Samuel Johnson circling our illustrious world wide web that says: “A writer only begins a book. A reader finishes it.”


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The reader fills in all the blanks—I know this because of all the literary theory classes those college people made me take…Reading allows the human mind to escape the limitations our so-called realities place upon it. Creating is the same. In the moment, your creation feels like all that matters. But it’s still about more than just you.

A local news station in Cleveland recently did a piece on a homeless man who enjoys drawing as a means to cope with his own limitations. Eugene Sopher draws pages for a coloring book that, due to Sopher’s precarious financial situation, may never be published. To Sopher, that doesn’t matter.



“I do this drawing, and it’s medicine, baby,” said Sopher. “I’m in the zone. Not trying to mix it with drugs, but it’s the best high I’ve ever had.”


His lack of finances and exposure have led to some unconventional PR methods: he relies on strangers to make copies for him so that he may share is art with the world. The wide variety of pages he has created contain lessons for young and old alike. Some of his pictures warn about the dangers of gang violence or meeting strangers online, and others aim to simply put a smile on your face. Sopher, who suffers from depression and bipolar disorder, has not had an easy life. He has felt the weight of the world and the resulting discombobulation. At forty-four years young, he spends a good amount of time drawing uncolored pages so that he can escape any personal grimness and help his readers.




“I can do something because if they’re reading that, they can say, ‘You know what? That happened to me. Oh, you what know, I went through that,” said Sopher. “A lot of the reason I keep my cartoons in black and white is it gives you a chance to put color to them.”


Sopher’s story and art remind us that creativity is not some sort of commodity purchased in the restricted section of society. It’s not exclusively available to those deemed ‘intellectual.’ It’s part of all of us, a silver lining that bridges the gap between reality and perception, body and soul. Regardless of one’s age, race, or gender—whether it be the lawyer who journals in her free time or the homeless man who lives to doodle—we are all connected by imagination and our ability to create.




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Here’s Why Nearly 25% of Americans Didn’t Read a Book Last Year

Not everyone can find the time to sit down and read a good book. Studies show that the number of non-readers is pretty big. According to the Pew Research Center, 24% or Americans admitted that they haven’t read a book either in whole or in part in 2018.


These numbers are attributed to:


Education – Americans with a high-school degree or less are five times as likely to report not having read a book. Adults with lower levels of education are also less likely to own smartphones or tablets, which are essential for e-reading.


Money – Lower income households, such as those who make $30,000 or less, are three times more likely to be non-book readers.


Age – Americans over fifty are more likely to say they haven’t read a book than adults under fifty.


Ethnicity – Hispanic adults are twice as likely as whites to report not having read a book, with the number being even greater among foreign-born Hispanic people. This is often due to Hispanic people having little access to books written in Spanish, as well as racial inequality within the education system. 



You can read the full results of the research here.



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10 Best Careers for People Who Love to Read Books

Are you an avid reader who just graduated college, or who is currently working an unfulfilling job? Are you thinking of how to apply your love of reading to a job that will actually make you money? Check out these ten jobs that are perfect for readers!


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1. Librarian



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You expected this, didn’t you? Of course, when someone wants a career in books, this is the one that comes to mind. You will not always be reading books, but you will be surrounded by them. You will impart your wisdom, passion, and devotion to reading to the youth, and have discussions with like-minded people!


2. Literary Agent



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A literary agent is the bridge between the author and publisher. They are the writer’s representatives, who seek out publishers and negotiate deals and contracts. They also read a bunch of manuscripts before they decide want to take a chance on a writer. It is highly recommended to find an agent, rather than submitting your manuscript un-agented to a publishing house, many of whom won’t accept manuscripts from authors who are not represented by an agent.


3. Publisher



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Working at a publisher means you could be involved in the editing, cover design, marketing or any other aspect of the production of a book. In any of these fields, you can exercise your creativity, choices, and have your eyes on the page all day! What more could you want?


4. Proofreader



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If you love to read, then surely you appreciate the rules of grammar. The job of proofreaders is to correct grammar, punctuation and spelling mistakes. Proofreading is one of the most available and desired positions to be filled in the job market.


5. Script Reader


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Are you into movies, television series, or films in general? You can read script submissions from writers who are looking to work on a desired show, and make the decision to accept or toss it onto the rejection pile. Reading a lot of books, plays, and scripts, makes you qualified to decide what is acceptable.


6. Book Reviewers



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Based on employer’s rules and regulations you get to critique books by writing articles or on book websites—regarding essence of story like plot, setting, tone, and believability.


7. Translator



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This job requires you to be at least bilingual. A translator translates books between languages. You are expected to read and rewrite copies—taking into consideration of grammar rules. As a reader, you are passionate about the essence of language, and this job will provide a closer relationship with it.


8. Book Publicist



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You will be responsible and accountable for marketing books. You’ll be scheduling book signings, contacting media outlets such as newspapers, radio shows, and television producers to schedule interviews for representation and promotion for the targeted book.


9. Teacher



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Want to inspire fresh young minds to read? Then being a reading level teacher for elementary school is just for you! You could also be an English teacher in middle school or high school or even college professor!


10. Independent Bookstore Proprietor


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Are you the kind of person that does not like to work for others? If you are looking forward to opening up your own business and immersing yourself in your love into reading somewhere, you can open up your bookstore with the help of social media and the internet these days. This way you will have a duty for others by helping their book reading passion.


As you come to the end of the list, then you will see that there are plenty of jobs for book lovers who need your love of reading, passion for writing, and knowledge of grammar. All it takes is to explore and to open your heart and your book up to the possibilities!




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