The post was in response to an article in the NY Times, so read this first, then read this reaction, and then (if you still have time!) let me know what you think.
I agree that school is about all of the things the author cites, and that students don't have to like all the books they read in school for the books to be worthwhile. However, shouldn't English class also be about encouraging and developing life-long readers? How will students ever learn to love reading if they don't read at least some books that they enjoy? Some students don't have parents who will provide books and encourage reading, so it has to come from teachers.
Some books I read in school are still some of my favorites, such as To Kill A Mockingbird, Catch-22, All the King's Men, and yes, The Catcher in the Rye.
What are you thoughts? Did you like any of the books you read in school? Did that contribute to your current life as a reader?