Tomorrow (well, three hours from now) is the first day with students in my classes, and, as is normally the case, we’re going to talk the first day about what we’ll be reading this year. Unfortunately, we aren’t going to be able to keep up with the President, as we’ll probably only get to one play in each of my classes, not ‘three Shakespeares’.
It’s unfortunate that the President doesn’t actually read the books he claims too. I was talking with one of my colleagues this afternoon about why literature matters to high school students, and she said that what resonated most with her as a high school student was the humanity in the stories. If bush had actually read Macbeth, Hamlet, the Stranger, even the biography of Roberto Clemente, would it be enough to change him? Might he learn an appreciation for a little nuance? As someone who loves and teaches literature, I’d like to think so, but I’m afraid a summary prepared by an aide just isn’t the same.
Part of Bush’s summer reading list is here.
Anyone know if there is a comic book version of The Stranger?