Classic Literature In The Curriculum

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The mandate to teach civic and moral character in the classroom and how it should be taught is disputed, especially including classic literature in the curriculum. Classic literature is defined as having some sort of outstanding quality that endures through time, agreed upon literary experts. Some educators and schools consider some content in classic literature too mature for school learning or being too complicated for classroom usage. They contend that it is archaic and unrelatable to the students as the classroom becomes more diverse and pluralistic. Notwithstanding, others debate that classic literature contains enlightening moral and civic dilemmas. They further say that literature in the classroom gives room to introduce many view and values incredibly prevalent to this day and age with the aforementioned diverse and pluralistic society. The call for character education rose in tandem with the rise of breaking down the nation’s values. Disturbing media, broken marriages, and failures to correct the disregard for centralized morals has lead to warrant the discussion whether schools should implement character education (Lickona, 1997; Suh and Traiger, 1999). The literature on the usage of classic literature for moral and civic education is in favor of its usage. Some argue that literature creates moral and civic quandaries to which students can critically reflect on the choices they would make (Palardy, 1997; Damon, 2005; Hibbs, 2005). They consider with the
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