Read the following sources carefully. Then write an essay that develops a position on whether or not there should be specific texts all students of high school English must read. Synthesize at least three of the sources or support.
Have you ever wondered how life would be if everyone learned the same thing? Seems like we’d all be pretty equal, living with the same knowledge. In high school, it seems logical to read the same texts in all English classes. The canon gives a list of specific works that should be read during your high school years. But reading the same texts doesn’t necessarily have just benefits. While it’s helpful in some cases, specific texts that all high school English students read shouldn’t be required. High school English students shouldn’t read specific texts because doing so doesn’t expose them to diversity and lacks multicultural literature, as well as lacks teacher flexibility.
High school students’ reading the same specific texts lacks diversity and multicultural literature. The canon is an “authoritative list” that consists of works to be read by a certain point in high school (Source A). This authoritative list, though, lacks diversity. The authors included in this list all happen to be white men, with few women writers being acknowledged (Source A). Multicultural literature is a valuable learning tool that enhances language development and thought processes, teaches respect for various cultures, and supports a child’s feeling of self-worth. Using the canon alone prohibits the free use of multicultural literature. This tool doesn’t provide much for multicultural appreciation (Source E). Lacking diversity and multicultural literature has adverse effects on students’ education.
Reading specific texts takes away teachers’ flexibility. In public schools, the percentage of books read that are in the canon is significantly higher than independent schools’ percentages. In independent...