English was always one of my least favorite subjects in school, primarily because I was forced to read books that I really didn't enjoy. At some point, someone decided that certain books, which I am referring to here as "classic literature," were worthy of being taught in school. I always wondered whose job it was to make those decisions.
What I'm wondering now, though, is what books will be added to the list in 20, 30, 40 years? The most "modern" book that I read in school was, from what I recall, "Night" by Elie Wiesel. It was a book about the Holocaust in WWII, and it is a book that the school district continues to teach. My mom teaches high school, and she has to read it every year with her Sophomores.
I know that in the last couple years I have seen "Ender's Game" actually make the Required Reading lists in this area. I know I was first exposed to it during an independent reading project my freshman year of high school in 1999. The book was only write in 1985.
What is the most modern book that you're aware of that is being taught in schools? Are there any books that you have read that you think will be taught in the years to come?