I am not suggesting we remove classic texts. I am, however, suggesting that we:
1. Stop using texts written for adults with younger and younger readers. Huck Finn in intermediate school? To Kill a Mockingbird in middle school? The list of crimes (yes, I said crimes) goes on as some keep pushing adult texts down into lower grades with rationales of rigor, complexity,many other nonsense.
2. Instead, let's focus on developmental appropriateness. Do the kids possess the intellectual, social, cultural, and moral development that will allow them ACCESS to the text and its meanings?
3. Reflect on why we are using a common text. Do we need to have ALL kids read the same text all year long?
4. When do we offer readers CHOICE?
5. What makes a text "worthy" of study?
I will come back in future posts and talk more about texts and text selection. But for now, discuss amongst yourselves.