For my Newspaper Journalism class in school, I've been approved in writing an article for the school's newspaper, which I'm very excited about! This is going to be my first article in the newspaper and I'm so happy I got approved. My draft is due soon so what better way to write and culminate some ideas than to ask my nearest and dearest friends for advice on the topic.
Will you help me?
My Topic: How schools have made us (not me) hate reading. Schools are constantly assigning boring books to read as school assignments. These books aren't YA fiction or anything students actually want to read these days. Are schools ready for a change in curriculum? What books do students want to read?
Before the article gets published, of course, it has to go to the school board to read and see if it's appropriate. This is a huge challenge for me because I know what my rights are, freedom and expression and all, but I know there is also a line I can't cross with this article. There are some statements I have to consider before writing.
I was originally inspired to write this article for the paper because you guys know about my immense love for reading. Like it's not new news and it's the reason for why I blog and post videos on Youtube. I LOVE TO READ! During the school semesters, my school assigns books for us to read that are more or less considered classics and are not appealing to me. They are cryptic and just boring to a majority of the students. A lot of YA literature recently has "dumbed" it down, and by that I mean there aren't any prominent morals, neither is the story so cryptic. I don't agree with this at all and don't understand what's the difference between analyzing The Hunger Games and a classic post-apocalyptic story like, The Road, which I really didn't find interesting. Students would be so much more interested in reading if we could only be more encouraged by the schools and what they make us read. If the stories we are forced to read in class don't interest them, what makes you think it'll make them pick up a book outside of school?
The real question is: Why do schools make us read boring books?
I've been having such a hard time with this article mainly because it's a ranting opportunity for me. To scream at my school for being so inconsiderate and the school board for thinking only classic and old literature is good for school analyzing. I don't know how to control myself when I begin to write this post. It's mostly the school's fault that 90% of my peers absolutely hate books! So.... what do I do??