I just posted an article written by David Coleman and Susan Pimentel, explaining that the Common Core standards are not antagonistic to literature and fiction, and that they promote a higher quality of both fiction and nonfiction.
Within minutes, I received a post from Sandra Stotsky, expressing her vehement opposition to the Common Core standards. Stotsky was in charge of the development of the highly praised Massachusetts standards. The English standards in that state were especially strong on literature. Stotsky is still upset that Massachusetts replaced them with the Common Core.
Read them both. Then read the standards.
The problem is that, no matter what Coleman may say, publishers and districts believe the standards call for more informational text and less literature and fiction.
That is why the only way the sniping will end is if he makes a speech at a major conference or writes an opinion piece for the New York Times–or literally revises the standards–to remove those absurd and arbitrary percentage allocations and makes clear that the point is high-quality reading of both fiction and information. And explains why both are important for the development of educated people.