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It should be observed that student reading lists nowadays are all new books. No classics. And the books are written in very simple, very unchallenging language. This is wrong, very wrong, and certainly deliberate.
Hopeful society tells kids to read, which is a good idea but it's a bad idea too. Because most everything that contemporary writers write is written by finger-sniffing elitists and social vandals, and if a kid goes too deep into that sort of mindset, he'll be ruined.
If you tell kids to read the classics, you are giving them depth and exposure to a wide range of cultures. If you tell kids to read contemporary books, you are giving them nothing. Maybe entertainment and maybe political indoctrination, which is the biggest priority at schools nowadays.