2BR02B by Kurt Vonnegut
I love Vonnegut so much. I discovered Kurt Vonnegut when I was in ninth grade and my wonderful English teacher, Mrs. Boyle, suggested him to me. I ran through everything of his and savored it all. He became my first favorite author; the first author where I just had to read every word he ever put on paper. I didn't find this short story until much, much later though and I'm glad I waited.
Story: 10 of 10
The population on Earth is completely out of control and there is a "one born - one must go" rule in place because aging has been fixed. It's obviously set in the future, although all of Vonnegut's future settings seem to strike a little too close to home sometimes. Anyway, I don't even want to talk about the story because I might give away something that I don't want to. I will say that there is a father of newborn triplets who is having a bad day on what should be a great day.
Teachability: 10 of 10
Vonnegut should be mandatory for all high school students if for no other reason than to show them what true snark looks like. Well that and his utter brilliance.