Originally Posted by QuantumIguana
The point of a high school literature class is to demonstrate that they can read and understand a book. No one is suggesting that Captain Underpants would be an appropriate book for a high school literature class. Students are going to get more out of a book that they enjoy than one that they don't.
I don't think that's the point of HS lit classes, or at least not the only point. I think the main point is to expose children to shared culture--that's why it's important for kids to read Shakespeare and Dickens and the like. Kids don't need to love the classics--but they do need to have at least some familiarity with them.