I absolutely concur with you. The concentration on the "Old ones" is absurd. And I know that Arcadius Avellanus, a fierce proponent of Latin as a living language, was of the same opinion. In his magazine Praeco Latinus
he writes in a sort of manifest:
Abolish "reading the classics," i.e. the vicious fallacy of trying to learn a language, the most artistic of languages, by spelling and analyzing a few lines or chapters of the most sublime master-pieces.
He certainly would not have been a friend of "Wheelock's Latin." A few easy Latin pieces (mostly for young persons though) can be found on this page from my website
. And there is a lot more floating around on the Internet.