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July 21, 2013

Question Time: Required reading

What books would you make mandatory for students?

[Editor’s note: To participate in future queries, keep an eye on our Twitter and Facebook accounts.]

The answers to this week’s question were very interesting. We asked:

“If it were up to you, what book would you require every high school student in the state to read before graduating?”

By far the most popular answer on our Facebook page was "The Bible." So, this week we’re going to tweak the Question Time format a bit so as to give "The Bible" its own section.

'The Bible'

“I'm a Christian and I believe everyone should read ‘The Bible.’ That being said I have friends of many different religions and background. To help understand other people, which we should do, I think we should read their bibles or histories as well.” — Elisabeth Fletcher

"Yes I have read 'The Bible!' I also believe if our youth read it and understood it we would have a more respectful generation. Just saying." — Stephanie Kay

"'The Bible.' Because we as Americans need to get this nation back to God. Put God first. Unfortunately 'In God We Trust' doesn't mean what it used to." — Jimmy Firkus

Your (other) answers

“Anything John Steinbeck. ‘To a God Unknown,’ ‘The Moon is Down,’ ‘East of Eden.’ No one writes today as eloquently and movingly as he did. John Irving's ‘A Prayer for Owen Meany. Wow. Ann Patchett's ‘Bel Canto.’ Those books are classics for a reason.” — Dawn Booze Sladinski 

"Elie Wiesel's 'Night.' I had to read it. It impacted me from a standpoint of what humans are capable of, in good and in bad. It is, to this day, my favorite book. Probably because of the impact that it had on me. Knowing that it is an account of what a child grew up experiencing, him being near the age I was at the time, made it hit home." — Amy Rust

"Not a book, but the Constitution of the United States of America, The Declaration of Independence, The Bill of Rights, The Pledge of Allegiance. Read and memorized and tested on." — Deb Wyrick Reyburn

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