Having been one of those kids that, like so many Americans, had to go through high school lit. classes, I completely agree with him. I will honestly say, I failed the basic level lit. class twice, and it wasn't until my senior year that a guidance counselor finally told me the school had a class where you could read whatever books you wanted, as long as the teacher said they were OK.
I love reading, but I despise being told what I must read, so most of the time I just didn't read the required garbage becuase it would have cut into my reading time with the books I actually wanted to read. So, thankfully, I actually got to read a bunch of Heinlein and Asimov and get credit for it, and aced the class with no problem. By the end of the semester the teacher was reading Starship Troopers for the first time (I consider that a bigger success than the A...) and I still love reading.