An article appeared in a British newspaper claiming that such books as “Catcher in the Rye” and “To Kill a Mockingbird” will be dropped from the curriculum because of the Common Core standards.
Says the Daily Telegraph: “Suggested non-fiction texts include Recommended Levels of Insulation by the the US Environmental Protection Agency, and the Invasive Plant Inventory, by California’s Invasive Plant Council.”
I don’t think any of this is true, but there is only one person who can stop the nonsense, and that is David Coleman. Coleman was in charge of the development of the standards. He is now president of the College Board.
It was Coleman who decided that our students are not reading enough “informational text,” and too much fiction.
I don’t know of any national standards that set an arbitrary ratio of 50-50 or 70-30.
No standards are written in stone. They must evolve to reflect reality and wisdom.
Please, David, make a strong and unequivocal statement.
Abolish those arbitrary quotas for nonfiction and fiction.
They make no sense and they are becoming a national–and yes–an international embarrassment.