I simply can't imagine a world in which Vonnegut's "Harrison Bergeron" or Orwell's "1984," "Animal Farm," and Huxley's "Brave New World" aren't taught. As Burke says, though, "No need for kids to be reading these books, anyway. They'll be living them." What about not experiencing Austen, Dickens, Salinger, Fitzgerald, Wharton, Joyce, Harper Lee, Shakespeare? These authors and millions more address the human condition and allow kids the opportunity to talk about what makes us human, what makes us good and evil, what influences our behavior, and so much more.