Common Core Influence In Literature

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Common Core has unfounded negative connotations. Society does not like change and Common Core calls for change. The reality is Common Core changes the way our children learn material and better prepares them for college and a future career. Alexandra Petri laments the requirement that, "70 percent of high school seniors’ reading assignments be nonfiction” (Seyler). This is not an irrational expectation for those preparing to enter college level courses or the workforce. Knowing how to read nonfiction, such as manuals or an autobiography, is an essential skill to learn. Common Core standards recommend iconic works of fiction, better prepare students for college and the workforce by improving test scores, and expand reading from primarily English classes to Math, Science, and History courses. “Forget The Great Gatsby” begins Petri in her Washington Post article, "The Common Core’s 70 percent nonfiction standards and the end of reading?” Yet, two sentences later, she references the Common Core recommendations, with a hyperlink directly to the Common Core website (Petri). Listed on the website under “Grades 11-CCR” is The Great Gatsby (“Standards for English” 11). Her goal was to shock her audience. Unfortunately, texts have been misidentified by the author as replacements in English Literature that actually belong under Technical Science. Listed among the various texts on the Common Core website are Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Macbeth, Keats’ “Ode on a Grecian Urn,”
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