Classic books are not for all students

I’m glad that the Freedom and Citizenship program in New York City has allowed students from low-income families who studied the “great books” to attend the Ivies and other elite colleges (“Teach public school kids the classic books,” New York Daily News,” Jan. 4). But I maintain that it’s unrealistic to assume that all students, whether from low-income or affluent families, can handle such books.

Aptitude is not exclusively determined by the socioeconomic status of families.  Some students can indeed thrive by studying classic books.  But others would be far better served by a different curriculum. I see nothing at all wrong by directing students to vocational education.  That goes for all students.

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