I suffer of multiple personality disorder, you insensitive clod!
We do too!
Short - as a parent of a number of past, present, and future high school students, it amazes me how much homework kids have these days. I had less than 10 hours of homework in grades K-12 TOTAL. We got time in class to do assignments and I got a great education. Times are different now also in high school. My 2 oldest ones in HS have jobs, sports, church activities, etc. I would hate it if they were assigned something like the entire LOTR (50 hours in mp3 format). My sister-in-law was a poor reader and was forced to read Crime and Punishment in HS which turned her off to reading like nothing else could have.
Diverse - this should be almost like a taste test at the food court. If what is chosen holds their interest they will develop their tastes accordingly. If they are forced into long stories they do not like it will turn them off for good.