Everyone has gone through required reading at school, right? If not, I wish I were in your shoes.
Required reading at school takes the enjoyment of reading away. We read classics and those books that aren’t exactly relevant to our society. Of course, not everything is meant for the purpose of informing us about the real world, but the books they make us read, specifically the classics, can be so hard to read and dull at times.
I may seem like a bookworm, but I mostly read YA and teen fiction. However, schools have made us read the Lord of the Flies, The Odyssey, Moby Dick, and all those books you can name. I was never really fond of reading those classics because the material was so dense, and then they made us write essays on them afterwards. You have to believe me, it’s hard.
It was up until 8th grade and sophomore year when my teachers had changed my perspective on required reading. We read books like The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, Night by Elie Wiesel, and The Color of Water by James McBride. Through these books, I learned more about the BLM Movement, defunding the police situation, and life as a black person with a white mother. Those were all truly a joy to read, and overall, it taught teens about these issues that we normally wouldn’t get to read about.
My eighth grade teacher was one of my favorite teachers. Not only was she the sponsor for k-pop club 😁, she was also the first teacher that gave us a different genre to read. I’ll be honest here; I was confused because, you know, it was my first time reading a book by a BIPOC author at school, so it was definitely very exciting.
Ok now, hear me out, hear me out. I have an idea that more schools can consider. Obviously, it’s not a solution, but it will definitely help youth understand what’s going on in our world, and it’ll be more interesting 🤷♀️. I suggest reading more books by BIPOC authors as well as books about BIPOC. It’s very crucial for youth to understand what’s going on because they’re the next generation of this world.
Here are some books that I think schools should read:
Of course The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Next, The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
Next, Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender
And MANY more! 🙂
Have you read any of these books?
What are your thoughts on this situation?