Letters to the Editor

March 23, 2014

Baarendse: Mick Zais’ brave new world

Education Superintendent Mick Zais’ proposal to make English literature optional for non-college-bound students looks troublingly familiar (“Farewell English Lit?” March 9). I was raised in a socialist European state where kids just entering their teens were sorted into two state-run education mills: Gymnasium kids presumably would go on to a university degree; all others, usually the troubled and not-so-bright ones, would end their schooling in the Realschule. Gymnasium kids were challenged with the liberal arts (literature, philosophy, history, languages); the others were taught “practical” skills, such as handicrafts and personal finance.

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