Until I attended the Common Core event at Hunter College last week, I knew very little about Common Core’s ELA standards. Now that I know more about Common Core’s requirement that students spend the majority of their time reading “informational text” in English class, I am opposed — although I do strongly support Common Core’s effort to replace personal narratives with textual analysis.

If seniors must spend up to 80% of their time reading reading, studying, and writing about informational text, that does not leave time for reading, studying, and writing about Great Expectations, say. And in fact, Common Core neglects British literature.

Below is a slide from a Common Core presentation in Orange, NJ. title: The Common Core State Standards: What You Need to Know.

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Common Core Informational Texts
How Common Core’s ELA Standards Place College Readiness at Risk
Truth in American Education (TAE)