Should students be allowed to choose what they read in school?

Educators and experts say it may be time to move away from assigned reading and give students more choice over the books they read -- increasing the chance they will enjoy them. Tina Gordon, president of the Canadian Council of Teachers of English and a resource teacher, said parents and teachers believe that "what makes a more educated person is if they can quote Hamlet," leading teachers to continue assigning class novels. However, researchers have found a link between reading for pleasure and increased student achievement.

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