What children are reading–and not
Today’s Washington Post has an article about a recent survey of what grade-school and high-school students are reading. Not having any children and being of a certain age, I am not familiar with most of the books mentioned. I was amused by the comment of the man who was reassured that some of the classics he read as a child are still being read. It could seem that “classic” here means “what I read as a child.” It reminds me of the couple who, asked what kind of music they might want for their wedding, replied: “Oh, one of the classics, like ‘On Eagle’s Wings.’” The texts for high-school seemed rather thin to me. Does anyone read Dickens any more?