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New Concerns About the Common Core Standards Initiative

January 28, 2013

The Common Core Standards Initiative was developed to address the fact that many teens are not graduating from high school with solid reading skills. However, this new program does not come without its drawbacks. New concerns have arisen that the price of exposing kids to more nonfiction means that they will miss out on many beloved literary classics.

“The downside, however, is that there is only so much time in a school year, and students can’t read everything. Certain compromises, like abridging plays by Shakespeare and other storied authors, have to be made…Because of the additional pressure on English teachers to teach nonfiction writing and research skills, Bauerlein says, even less time will be spent on works of fiction that are still part of the new standards.” more at NPR▸▸

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