Hi, guys.
Do native English-speaking people recite some classical articles or texts when growing up ?

I wonder whether the students in English-speaking countries are taught to recite some good articles of their text books.
Thanks.
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Yes, they do.
Hi,Mister Micawber

Do you know any of these articles that they are forced to recite?
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I was never forced to recite anything in school-- it was voluntary. 'Who would like to read us the poem by W. B. Yeats on page 56?'
I memorized Jaberwocky but I don't think that counts as a classic, does it?

Other favorites are the speech in Henry V, the Gettysburg Address... hmm. I don't remember too many others that we actually memorized.
Mister MicawberI was never forced to recite anything in school-- it was voluntary. 'Who would like to read us the poem by W. B. Yeats on page 56?'

Hi, MM
The "force" here I mean the teacher will give you homework of reciting some text and might check if you can recite it next day in class. In my place, of course you can refuse to do such kind of homework, but there will be some questions relating to it in the final examination.
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No, I don't think we ever had to do that. We were not expected to learn any texts by heart. Of course, it helps to be familiar with them when it comes to the exams, but in our exams we would take the original texts in with us and were tested on the depth of our understanding/analysis rather than memory of them.

As younger children we learned a few poems to perform in front of our parents at school events, but that was about it.
My mother, who went to a convent school in the 1920's, told me that during her time at school she learned the four gospels and the Acts of the Apostles, great chunks of Shakespeare and any number of poems.
ForbesMy mother, who went to a convent school in the 1920's, told me that during her time at school she learned the four gospels and the Acts of the Apostles, great chunks of Shakespeare and any number of poems.
It is true that in english schools you are never required to learn anything by heart, there was an attempt made to teach me my multiplication table by heart but that failed!

I have a muslim friend 21yearsold.

He can recite the entire Q'uran and several volumes of hadith (I think 7) all in the perfect poetic phrasing, despite not even understanding Arabic.

In addition he can recite Every Christian Gospel, book of genesis, first testament, the Torah, and some selected texts from buddhism/hinduism.

He also has a detailed knowledge of all abrahamic history in the middle East and South Asia Plus Islam in Europe & Christianity in Europe.

Despite all this, he is visually not a devout modest person at all.

he is cocky, boisterous, gets in fights a lot & is always chatting up girls.

Basically, I think that mainstream British Education should use recitation/memorisation more often as a tool for learning.

It can help even those with poor aptitude/temperament learn & achieve to high standards.
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