When Race To The Top funding was accepted by states (45 now get that money), it came with strings attached. And the SAT tests are catering to the curricula of the program.
And who is behind this stuff? "Educators" (I use the term loosely) like Bill Ayres and Arne Duncan ... who did such a stellar job with Chicago's school system. NOT! When the context of an EPA regulation is put on a par with The Gettysburg Address, we are in deep doo-doo.
But the mandate to replace literature in English classes with “informational texts”—with only half the time allotted to literature, and reduced to only 30 percent by the last two years of high school—caught the attention of even the liberal media. They became alarmed that favorites like To Kill a Mockingbird and Catcher in the Rye are to be replaced by such things as EPA directives.