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Imagine a world without words no reading no writing no communication It is difficult to imagine such a place existing Surely in this day and age when technology is advancing at a rapid pace and knowledge is the key for success such a communication-less world has been eliminated Yet for some people this imaginary world without words is still a reality A world of darkness and suffocating ignorance presses in around them leaving few and narrow possibilities for survival in a success-driven society How do adults and teens end up in circumstances such as these They simply slipped through the gaps of the American education system the largest of which is the absence of emphasis on literature The value of great literature extends far beyond simply reading printed words on a page Of course the primary focus of reading books especially at an early age is to learn how to read However as students learn these basic everyday skills the possibilities become endless Great works of literature contain much more than words Incredible insights into the time period of the authors life or of the subject on which the author has written are readily available It is a history lesson without the textbook History comes alive through reading Literature also presents the opportunity to learn about new ideas and cultures previously unknown to the reader Possibly the greatest advantage gained through literature is that students learn to write by constantly reading excellent writings Overall a strong emphasis on literature produces a well-rounded individual The problem with the public education system in this country is that somehow student graduate from high school without ever reading great works of literature It happens time and time again Either teachers do not assign students to read excellent literature or students find one of the many loopholes to escape actually reading anything The results can be disastrous It is amazing how many high school students can not write a
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