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Common Core Standards’ Devastating Impact on Literary Study and Analytical Thinking

Sandra Stotsky –
December 11, 2012

The misplaced stress on informational texts (no matter how much is literary nonfiction) reflects the limited expertise of Common Core’s architects and sponsoring organizations in curriculum and in teachers’ training. This division of reading standards was clearly not developed or approved by English teachers and humanities scholars, because it makes English teachers responsible for something they have not been trained to teach and will not be trained to teach unless the entire undergraduate English major and preparatory programs in English education are changed. Common Core’s damage to the English curriculum is already taking shape.