Re “What students read,” Editorial, Dec. 27
It's a mistake to believe that fiction is intrinsically superior to nonfiction. The ideas expressed in great speeches over the years, for example, hold their own against the classics because they speak eternal truths about the human condition.
William Faulkner emphasized his faith in the future (“I decline to accept the end of man”) and Franklin D. Roosevelt comforted a frightened nation (“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself”).
Students need to be exposed to all forms of expression in order to develop their ability to think critically. Relying disproportionately on any one does them a distinct disservice.