The Benefits of Independent Reading

The value of the classic cannon of literature has decreased in middle schools and high schools over the last several years. Specifically, the value of reading entire books in general has decreased in the past decade, both for kids and for adults. Thanks in part to the country’s move to Common Core standards, in the classroom the philosophy of teaching an entire novel has been replaced by the idea of “close reading” shorter passages, with the argument that this should, in theory, help students more on standardized tests. However, many in the field of education believe that something is lost in not reading entire texts- most importantly, a love for reading. As the Million Word Campaign describ

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