I saw on Fox & Friends this morning that a school, I think it was in Georgia, is letting students read any book they want to do reports on rather than just the “classics”. I can’t find a link anywhere for this story though. Honestly, I think this is a good idea. I mean, isn’t the whole point to get kids to read? Does it really matter what they’re reading? And who’s to say that To Kill A Mockingbird or Moby Dick are better than The Dark Tower or Harry Potter? I remember in 10th grade we had to read A Tale Of Two Cities. The teacher put a tape in and we had to follow along in the book. I fell asleep each day we did this. They were the most boring hours of my life. If a kid has no interest in Charles Dickens or Mark Twain then they’re not going to be engrossed in their books. They’re not going to care about some cranky old man who sees the error of his ways or a jumping frog.