The author of a new book called The Story Killers, Dr. Terrence Moore, suggests there is a “crisis in literacy” that is the result of “schools not teaching students to read properly since about 1960,” and every experimental fad has been a “disaster.” Common Core replaces great literature with inferior recent works, and relies heavily on informational texts. When a valuable literary work slips in, Common Core ruins it for students by making them tear it apart with boring exercise to “compare and contrast.” The author recommends giving American kids a traditional, classical, liberal education. He suggests high school curriculum based on primary sources and original documents, and from authors of “the best that has been thought and said and done and discovered.”
The Common Core curriculum has a heavy focus on “informational texts,” so students don’t have time to read great literature. Common Core suggests, for example, that students read the “history of the grocery bag” when they could be reading Shakespeare. Parents should be aware that Common Core is another fad that will waste taxpayer money and fail to educate students.
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