What a hoot! Kids will have to read such things as Executive Order 13423 & this will make them literate?
Kudos to those teachers who believe that there is still something more to be learned from great works of literature than from some of the written material that will now become mandatory ...
These "informational texts" could turn kids off from reading for the rest of their lives! Shouldn't this stuff be part of curricula in what we used to call "Civics" or "Social Studies" ... not English class?Literacy experts point out that The Common Core denigrates the value of teaching literature in the classroom. Instead, English teachers are being told that 50 percent of their course material must be derived from “informational texts.” (Actually, the informational text requirement starts at a “mere” 25 percent of reading material for kindergarteners. It rises to 70 percent for high school seniors.)
What, exactly, meets the definition of informational texts? Among those recommended on the national standards list we find The Federal Reserve Bank’s “FedViews,” “The Evolution of the Grocery Bag,” and “Health Care Costs in McAllen, Texas.” And, roll over “For Whom the Bell Tolls” it’s time to make way for that GSA classic: “Executive Order 13423: Strengthening Federal Environmental, Energy, and Transportation Management.”