Have we dumbed down education?
Are the goals the same?
What are the differences between classical education and modern education?
This is one insight that may answer some questions.
Here is the original Article: Middle School Reading Lists form 100 Years Ago VS Today
I find this very interesting! And as a home school mom, I can choose what is the priority for our kids and what they will be reading. I am glad that I have a few years to figure it out!