In this piece for Crisis, "How Common Core Devalues Great Literature," Anthony Esolen explains why in the book, The Wind in the Willows, "messing about in boats" is the thing, not the "criticism and dissection" of literature as pushed by the Common Core Curriculum.
LOL! Orwell's Picnic considers the evolution of the little old lady. And pronounces it not good.
Ah, the little victories over self! Matthew Archbold of Creative Minority Report tells the tale of his children's attempts to get ready for school on time. And makes us care.