A Proper Understanding of K–12 Education:

Theory and Practice

"The Importance of Literature"

Overview

Contemporary education begrudgingly views literature as a subject that must be taught, and it is considered a subject of little value for college and career preparation. Literature is usually taught as a historical or cultural artifact, as a tool for reflection on culture or self, or as a means of teaching moral lessons. While these approaches are useful, the primary focus of proper literature education should be to teach the student to enter into and engage with the world of the author.

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Justin A. Jackson is a Professor of English at Hillsdale College, where he has taught since 2004, and where he currently serves as the Director of the Hillsdale College Writing Center. He received both his B.A. and M.A. from California State University, Fresno, and his Ph.D. from Purdue University.