Policy

Impending Literary Battle in Common Core?

Nov 28, 2012

NOTHING IN COMMON: That’s what the recent spat between Diane Ravitch and College Board president David Coleman would have you believe about the abundance of non-fiction and lack of fictional works suggested in Common Core standards. In a NYT op-ed, Sara Mosle breaks down the crux of the argument succinctly: “..namely that nonfiction is seldom literary and certainly not literature.” Team Ravitch contends that a lack of fiction makes it difficult to develop well-rounded minds. Team Coleman maintains that non-fiction writing and reasoning is exactly what’s needed to compete for jobs in the information age. For her part, Mosle doesn’t believe more nonfiction is necessary--70% of 12th grade CCSS standards consist of reading nonfiction titles--she just wants better nonfiction: “There are anthologies of great literature and primary documents, but why not “30 for Under 20: Great Nonfiction Narratives?” What a novel idea?! Who knows, perhaps one day EdSurge will make the CCSS reading list!

Impending Literary Battle in Common Core?

Policy

Impending Literary Battle in Common Core?

Nov 28, 2012

NOTHING IN COMMON: That’s what the recent spat between Diane Ravitch and College Board president David Coleman would have you believe about the abundance of non-fiction and lack of fictional works suggested in Common Core standards. In a NYT op-ed, Sara Mosle breaks down the crux of the argument succinctly: “..namely that nonfiction is seldom literary and certainly not literature.” Team Ravitch contends that a lack of fiction makes it difficult to develop well-rounded minds. Team Coleman maintains that non-fiction writing and reasoning is exactly what’s needed to compete for jobs in the information age. For her part, Mosle doesn’t believe more nonfiction is necessary--70% of 12th grade CCSS standards consist of reading nonfiction titles--she just wants better nonfiction: “There are anthologies of great literature and primary documents, but why not “30 for Under 20: Great Nonfiction Narratives?” What a novel idea?! Who knows, perhaps one day EdSurge will make the CCSS reading list!

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