It's a matter of assessing where each kid is and what he or she needs. I try
to move them toward classics as early as possible. Some are ready as ninth
graders especially if the parents have been pushing for some time. Others
are never ready. Seniors who sign up for my advanced classes have almost no
choice, but there is still room to allow for those who will not be able to
enjoy the classics in any way. This year I had a young man who was only
interested in Native American literature. I allowed him to read mostly that,
but had him also listening to others' discussions of classics.