I never had a problem with being read to in class. Even if it was boring, it was equal to the days of Biology when the teacher would blow the dust off the VCR, turn off the lights and show us a film on a block television residing on a wheelie cart about insects . All I had to do was sit there with my eyes glazing over. It - was - awesome. No, what I had a problem with was what came after.
Tearing books apart chunk by chunk is fine (well, I'm not keen on it in the literal sense) but not when you're being told what to analyse. To me, it's akin to saying, 'Look at this beautiful rabbit; the way it twitches and leaps and lives. Glorious! Now, cut it open and we'll see how its innards work.' Isn't that appealing?
When I wrote about adapting books into films I mentioned how books I love being made into movies makes me nervous...but books I thought were so-so I'm keen to see as a flick. I feel the same way about studying books in school. I don't like the idea of children being forced to tear open a book I love and dissect it until the very thought of it repels them.
I'm one of those people who needs to be self-motivated. If someone tells me to do something, I switch off. I've never had to dissect a book or poem or play in school that I then went on to love because of that experience. If I read something in class and we discussed it briefly, there was a chance. Cutting it apart and being told what it meant? No. I'm sorry, 'Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening' but...I hate you.
Do you know what would be great for kids to analyse? Bad books and why they suck. Of course, "bad" buckles down to opinion but so does the reverse. Are teachers open to students talking about why they think certain books suck? Sure, it might just sound like the premise for pupils to be rebellious and rude but I wish I had learned and been able to discuss what makes writing better and worse past grammar. Particularly since my grammatical skills still aren't stellar.
In conclusion, I'd like to know what texts you were introduced to through schooling that you did come to love. Please share!