I know you must be pleased that the Common Core standards have been adopted in 46 states.
And now as president of the College Board, you will be able to align the content of the SAT with the Common Core.
But David, the Common Core is becoming a laughing stock at the same time that it has become Official Government Dogma.
Read this in the Washington Post from a writer who ridicules the 70-30% rationing of informational text to literature.
Maybe you will brush that off, and say it is the usual lefty rant about all the great things you learn by reading The Great Gatsby.
But then read this in the National Review by a writer who is a graduate of Hillsdale College.
Maybe you ignore these complaints.
Maybe you feel that you are so powerful and important that you can brush them off and watch disdainfully as everyone falls into line.
David, let me offer a piece of unsolicited advice.
I know you have explained and explained that the Common Core is not anti-fiction, is not anti-literature.
But when you have to keep explaining, that means you have made a mistake.
Those who agree with you are paid to agree with you.
The Common Core is increasingly seen by the literate public–the very people whose support you need–as anti-intellectual, anti-literary, anti-the things of the mind that can’t be quantified.
There is only one way out of this dilemma.
You must revise the standards.
You must drop the crazy numerical requirements of 50-50 and 70-30.
You say it won’t affect English classes, but publishers are rapidly revising the content of ELA textbooks and anthologies to reduce literary content.
I understand when you say that by “informational text,” you mean Lincoln’s speeches, not EPA guidelines, but no one else gets it.
The only way to end the barrage of ridicule now being heaped on the Common Core is to eliminate those absurd statistical demands.
Because they are absurd; because state and district officials have no way of monitoring whether teachers are complying; because there is no rational justification for setting a numerical balance between fiction and nonfiction, the numbers must go.
The ridicule will continue as long as the numbers remain in place.
That’s my advice.
I hope you listen.