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Forcing school kids to watch b-o-r-i-n-g so-called "classic" films or
read b-o-r-i-n-g so-called "classic" books is simply a complete waste of
everybody's time. For most kids all that achieves is to stop them
bothering to watch/read such things ever again.
What's boring or not lies in the eye of the beholder. Forcing pupils
to read something at school is inherently problematic; literature or
films vary in quality, topics are depending on the personal interest.
Neglecting quality literature, specifically classic ones - i.e. such
sources that long time attention has confirmed their quality - isn't
an approach any good. There's a reason why Shakespeare, Dostojevsky,
Goethe are still "alive". There's a reason why from the contemporary
masses of literature most will be forgotten. The same with films;
Fritz Lang, Eisenstein, Godard, Tarkovsky, Kurosawa, just to name a
few, are not only noteworthy milestones. Luckily there are instances
that foster that culture. Where I live (for example) there's a Film
Museum that reconstructs for example old expressionistic films from
sources all around the world. Not every genre fits everyones taste,
but to provide that large set of classic work to young folks, folks
that is typically fattened with commercial products of quite unique
form and structure isn't a good approach. Young folks should be given
an insight in the pluralism of works, books and films, so that they
can decide by themselves where their interest lies and choose their
sources in a broader and more informed way.