The Common Core requires that at least half of what elementary and middle school students read be non-fiction. By 12th grade, that goes up to 70%. And the non-fiction being read is not that of the great minds of our heritage but online posts, government documents, and United Nations proclamations.
The New York Times has an article on what the Common Core is doing to English classes. Notice how educators are taking the opportunity to politically indoctrinate their pupils. Notice how the approach forces what classic literature that is still read into a contemporary grid. Notice how the whole enterprise is not raising standards, as the Core claims to do, but is rather dumbing down the curriculum. [Read more...]