Has Summer Reading Sucked on a Universal Level All Along?

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If you remember feeling oppressed by summer reading assignments—or skipping it altogether, opting to half-ass it and watch the movie adaptations instead—you aren’t alone.

At The Millions, Carolyn Ross argues that these assignments are “killing a love of reading” for students everywhere. A high school English teacher herself, she outlines some fundamental problems with the grading system and claims that, when given fewer requirements, students are more likely to develop an interest in reading organically.


Paolo Yumol is an intern at The Rumpus. He attends Oberlin College and is very grateful to be doing any of this. More from this author →