A comment from a reader:

I have a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in English Lit, and I find the Common Core to be only tangentially related to the teaching and learning of literature, culture, history, etc. If one knows literature or history or whatever the subject, there is a richness in the material that cannot be turned into formulaic lessons and checklists. Furthermore, it is turning into another load of how-to-ism and bureaucratic nonsense. And we’ve seen the how-to-ism and culture of testing kill off students’ interest in literature. Our “professional developments” only focus on strategies and cute little random teaching moments that would be suitable for elementary school but not high school where I am. It was the same with the state standards. It is really an insult to the intelligence of teachers and students. All anyone seems to be looking for is a Pavlovian response.