New education standards elbow out literature

English teachers are fretting that a set of curriculum guidelines could reduce the teaching of fiction and poetry in the classroom, The Washington Post reports.  The Common Core State Standards, which will be implemented by more than 40 states by 2014, require that 50 percent of elementary school reading be non-fiction, climbing to 70 percent by 12th grade. Supporters, the Post says, believe American students have suffered from “a diet of easy reading and lack the ability to digest complex nonfiction, including studies, reports and primary documents,” leaving them unprepared for higher education and the working world.Continue Reading…

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New education standards elbow out literature

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