Ezra Klein asks this at WashPo’s Wonkblog:
Top story: Are we getting smart on education policy?
Common core standards become a lightning rod. ”The Common Core State Standards in English, which have been adopted in 46 states and the District, call for public schools to ramp up nonfiction so that by 12th grade students will be reading mostly ‘informational text’ instead of fictional literature. But as teachers excise poetry and classic works of fiction from their classrooms, those who designed the guidelines say it appears that educators have misunderstood them…Among the suggested nonfiction pieces for high school juniors and seniors are Alexis de Tocqueville’s “Democracy in America,” “FedViews,” by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco (2009) and “Executive Order 13423: Strengthening Federal Environmental, Energy, and Transportation Management,” published by the General Services Administration.” Lyndsey Layton in The Washington Post.
No, no we are not, and no they shouldn’t for reasons that Stanley Kurtz pointed out in my earlier post today.