Three Essays by Benham on Youth LiteratureIn Benham's essay 'We Want Answers: A Critique of Most Young People's World Literature,' he discusses three topics. Each of the topics is related to the topic of the book in question. Below are four of the topics he discusses in his essay.
'You Should Have a Discussion on Your Existing College Life' Or 'Your Parents Should Discuss What You Can Expect from the Academics at Their University Or Colleges' or 'A Discussion on Problems in Your Current School Or College Curriculum'
He starts off by talking about 'You Should Have a Discussion on Your Existing College Life,' as well as his own experience with his two sons. His first son went to a state school and then to a community college. The second son was in an all-boys' high school, but later transferred to a community college, as well. Benham speaks very clearly about the differences between the two circumstances.
He also discusses his own school experience. Benham's essay begins with a chapter that discusses his experiences at the college level, and how his work load and workload at the time led to serious health problems. He further describes some of the mental and physical challenges that he experienced throughout the time he was there.
'Your Parents Should Discuss What You Can Expect From the Academics at Their University Or Colleges' follows his third topic. As mentioned above, Benham had children in a college environment, so he has experiences to relate to. Specifically, he mentions the challenges and rewards of fatherhood. Additionally, he also discusses what he would hope his children would have learned at the college level.
'A Discussion on Problems in Your Current School Or College Curriculum' is Benham's last topic. This essay contains one of the best and most important arguments for his position. Benham says that he 'would not be interested in the psychological dynamics' of the youth literature as a major part of his college reading. However, he believes that there is much value in the general, general interest in the subject of the books. In fact, he takes issue with some of the romanticized view of high school and college life.
There is much worth in his essay. In my opinion, Benham uses these three topics to offer up a truly unique, and useful view on the subject of youth literature.