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Catcher in the Rye, To Kill A Mockingbird dropped from US school curriculum

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“Larchmont's Leading Citizen”

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#1 Dec 7, 2012
American literature classics are to be replaced by insulation manuals and plant inventories in US classrooms by 2014.

A new school curriculum which will affect 46 out of 50 states will make it compulsory for at least 70 per cent of books studied to be non-fiction, in an effort to ready pupils for the workplace.

Books such as JD Salinger's Catcher in the Rye and Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird will be replaced by "informational texts" approved by the Common Core State Standards.

Suggested non-fiction texts include Recommended Levels of Insulation by the the US Environmental Protection Agency, and the Invasive Plant Inventory, by California's Invasive Plant Council.

The new educational standards have the backing of the influential National Governors' Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers, and are being part-funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Jamie Highfill, a teacher at Woodland Junior High School in Arkansas, told the Times that the directive was bad for a well-rounded education.

"I'm afraid we are taking out all imaginative reading and creativity in our English classes.

"In the end, education has to be about more than simply ensuring that kids can get a job. Isn't it supposed to be about making well-rounded citizens?"

Supporters of the directive argue that it will help pupils to develop the ability to write concisely and factually, which will be more useful in the workplace than a knowledge of Shakespeare.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/book...

“Larchmont's Leading Citizen”

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#2 Dec 7, 2012
Don't Let 'Common Core' drop classics
Robert G. Holland –
September 22, 2012
Taunton Daily Gazette

In this most politically polarized of years, there is an issue that could bring many people on the left and right together, were they to focus on it in open public debates.

The hatchet job that architects of the national Common Core education standards have done on use of classic literature and poetry in K-12 classrooms is, or should be, nothing short of a national scandal. Kudos to Pioneer Institute scholars Charles Chieppo and Jamie Gass for using Mark Twain’s “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” as an example of the compelling fodder for thought that will be lost as a result of this short-sighted standardization.(“Common Core takes classics out of curriculum,” Sept. 20.)

It is no coincidence that Massachusetts had state standards that were extraordinarily rich in great literature, while also regularly scoring No. 1 among all states on the National Assessment of Educational Progress. One does not have to be an English scholar to appreciate that children learn to reason and to write by reading works of substance.

It is shameful that Massachusetts officials trashed the state’s standards — and in their place adopted the nationalized standards with the huge slash in classic literature — in order to land a U.S. Department of Education grant that is unlikely to produce any enduring improvement in schools.

Eventually Americans of diverse political beliefs will wake up to the folly of supplanting works like “Huckleberry Finn” and “To Kill a Mockingbird” with bland “informational text” such as government documents and workforce manuals. They will demand a return to sanity, but by then billions will have been squandered on this travesty.
http://heartland.org/editorial/2012/09/22/don...

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#4 Dec 7, 2012
LOL at the right demanding that schools teach Catcher in the Rye.

“Larchmont's Leading Citizen”

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#5 Dec 7, 2012
Karl Monday wrote:
This actually sounds like a good idea.
Not to me. It sounds like instead of well rounded pupils, they're planning on turning out factory drones. People who don't read fiction throughout their education aren't well educated.
The same applies to those who never take science courses simply because they're not required at certain levels.

“Larchmont's Leading Citizen”

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#6 Dec 7, 2012
FKA Reader wrote:
LOL at the right demanding that schools teach Catcher in the Rye.
We're certainly more open-minded than the leftists who try to ban Huckleberry Finn as "racist."

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#7 Dec 7, 2012
Numerous errors in the above articles. One is that the Common Core curriculum offers "exemplar" reading materials--providing an indicator of appropriate reading level and content depth/rigor and the like. It does not specify which books must or must not be taught. Scanning through these recommendations ( http://www.ode.state.oh.us/GD/Templates/Pages... ; Appendix B) I cannot see how anyone came up with 75% "informational content" or how/why they would pick out Recommended Levels of Insulation (which I didn't even see) and pass by such informational texts as the US Constitution, an address by Ronald Reagan and the like.

And, by the way, To Kill a Mockingbird is included. Catcher in the Rye is not. However, there is no prohibition on including Catcher, or a requirement to teach Mockingbird--as these are just examples.

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#8 Dec 7, 2012
Ah, yes, here is the insulation piece, included as one example of 10th grade informational text in math and science:

Informational Texts: Science, Mathematics, and Technical Subjects
Euclid. Elements
Cannon, Annie J.“Classifying the Stars.”
Walker, Jearl.“Amusement Park Physics.”
Preston, Richard. The Hot Zone: A Terrifying True Story
Devlin, Keith. Life by the Numbers
Hoose, Phillip. The Race to Save Lord God Bird
Hakim, Joy. The Story of Science: Newton at the Center
Nicastro, Nicholas. Circumference: Eratosthenes and the Ancient Quest to Measure the Globe
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency/U.S. Department of Energy.
Recommended Levels of Insulation

“Larchmont's Leading Citizen”

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#9 Dec 7, 2012

“Larchmont's Leading Citizen”

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#11 Dec 7, 2012
http://commoncorefacts.blogspot.com/

New York City Public School Parents: Stop Common Core

http://nycpublicschoolparents.blogspot.com/20...

The independent voices of New York City public school parents have published an article about the ridiculous quota –under Common Core’s mandated chopping of that which is valuable– which calls for using 50% less classic literature for elementary schools and 70% less classic literature for high school students.

They make the point that David Coleman has never taught a day in his life, yet he’s the man who dictated this quota.

They make the point that Common Core is being widely promoted as the miracle that will cure all that ails education, everywhere.

Great article. http://nycpublicschoolparents.blogspot.com/20...

“Where did I put my tiara?”

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#12 Dec 7, 2012
To squelch reading of classics is abhorrent. All books have a hidden agenda, if you choose to interpret it as it fits your fancy. I love GWTW, not because I want to live on a plantation or marry Ashley, I admire Scarlett's chutzpah. Isn't that supposed to open discussion? Isn't that how we and our children learn?

“Larchmont's Leading Citizen”

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#14 Dec 7, 2012
Karl Monday wrote:
<quoted text>
FWIW, this isn't getting rejected completely, the question is whether Congress mandates it and the DOE enforces it, which is unconstitutional.
But junking all of the state tests and replacing them with ACT/SAT should save money.
I agree with you about the tests.

“Larchmont's Leading Citizen”

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#15 Dec 7, 2012
Marlin Perkins Pet Rhinos wrote:
Another herd of old fat, white rhinos wallowing in a gay mud hole congratulating themselves on their complete brain washings.
You needn't remind us of your hostility toward education and your envy of those who have actually received a well rounded one.

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#16 Dec 7, 2012
And for those worried that literature is getting shut out, here are the lit recommendations for the same grade level:

STORIES
Homer. The Odyssey
Ovid. Metamorphoses
Gogol, Nikolai.“The Nose
De Voltaire, F. A. M. Candide, Or The Optimist
Turgenev, Ivan. Fathers and Sons
Henry, O.“The Gift of the Magi”
Kafka, Franz. The Metamorphosis
Steinbeck, John. The Grapes of Wrath
Bradbury, Ray. Fahrenheit 451
Olsen, Tillie.“I Stand Here Ironing”
Achebe, Chinua. Things Fall Apart
Lee, Harper. To Kill A Mockingbird
Shaara, Michael. The Killer Angels
Tan, Amy. The Joy Luck Club
Alvarez, Julia. In the Time of the Butterflies
Zusak, Marcus. The Book Thief
DRAMA
Sophocles. Oedipus Rex
Shakespeare, William. The Tragedy of Macbeth
Ibsen, Henrik. A Doll’s House
Williams, Tennessee. The Glass Menagerie
Ionesco, Eugene. Rhinoceros
Fugard, Athol.“Master Harold”…and the boys”
POETRY
Shakespeare, William.“Sonnet 73”
Donne, John.“Song”
Shelley, Percy Bysshe.“Ozymandias”
Poe, Edgar Allan.“The Raven”
Dickinson, Emily.“We Grow Accustomed to the Dark”
Houseman, A. E.“Loveliest of Trees”
Johnson, James Weldon.“Lift Every Voice and Sing”
Cullen, Countee.“Yet Do I Marvel”
Auden, Wystan Hugh.”Musee des Beaux Arts”
Walker, Alice.“Women”
Baca, Jimmy Santiago.“I Am Offering This Poem to You”

There are also some additional informational texts in history/social studies.

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#17 Dec 7, 2012
Karl Monday wrote:
<quoted text>
FWIW, this isn't getting rejected completely, the question is whether Congress mandates it and the DOE enforces it, which is unconstitutional.
But junking all of the state tests and replacing them with ACT/SAT should save money.
No--in fact, Congress does not mandate it.

The Common Core was created by a coalition of states, and almost all states signed on. The carrot provided by the Feds was that it was a requirement to apply for Race to the Top funding--which was set up as a competitive grant program.

Junking all of the state tests and replacing them with the ACT/SAT doesn't do much for the lower grade levels. Something like the ACT/SAT is likely to take the place of some or all graduation-type tests. I believe that Ohio will supplement this by end of course exams.

“Larchmont's Leading Citizen”

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Hilliard, OH

#18 Dec 7, 2012
FKA Reader wrote:
And for those worried that literature is getting shut out, here are the lit recommendations for the same grade level:
STORIES
Homer. The Odyssey
Ovid. Metamorphoses
Gogol, Nikolai.“The Nose
De Voltaire, F. A. M. Candide, Or The Optimist
Turgenev, Ivan. Fathers and Sons
Henry, O.“The Gift of the Magi”
Kafka, Franz. The Metamorphosis
Steinbeck, John. The Grapes of Wrath
Bradbury, Ray. Fahrenheit 451
Olsen, Tillie.“I Stand Here Ironing”
Achebe, Chinua. Things Fall Apart
Lee, Harper. To Kill A Mockingbird
Shaara, Michael. The Killer Angels
Tan, Amy. The Joy Luck Club
Alvarez, Julia. In the Time of the Butterflies
Zusak, Marcus. The Book Thief
DRAMA
Sophocles. Oedipus Rex
Shakespeare, William. The Tragedy of Macbeth
Ibsen, Henrik. A Doll’s House
Williams, Tennessee. The Glass Menagerie
Ionesco, Eugene. Rhinoceros
Fugard, Athol.“Master Harold”…and the boys”
POETRY
Shakespeare, William.“Sonnet 73”
Donne, John.“Song”
Shelley, Percy Bysshe.“Ozymandias”
Poe, Edgar Allan.“The Raven”
Dickinson, Emily.“We Grow Accustomed to the Dark”
Houseman, A. E.“Loveliest of Trees”
Johnson, James Weldon.“Lift Every Voice and Sing”
Cullen, Countee.“Yet Do I Marvel”
Auden, Wystan Hugh.”Musee des Beaux Arts”
Walker, Alice.“Women”
Baca, Jimmy Santiago.“I Am Offering This Poem to You”
There are also some additional informational texts in history/social studies.
A copious list doesn't make up for guidelines that appear to call for less study from that lineup. I refer you to the concerns of the NYC Public School parents above.

“Larchmont's Leading Citizen”

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#19 Dec 7, 2012
FKA Reader wrote:
<quoted text>
No--in fact, Congress does not mandate it.
The Common Core was created by a coalition of states, and almost all states signed on. The carrot provided by the Feds was that it was a requirement to apply for Race to the Top funding--which was set up as a competitive grant program.
Junking all of the state tests and replacing them with the ACT/SAT doesn't do much for the lower grade levels. Something like the ACT/SAT is likely to take the place of some or all graduation-type tests. I believe that Ohio will supplement this by end of course exams.
For the lower grades, the SRA tests are still around, aren't they? That's what I experienced in parochial school in the 1970s.

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#20 Dec 7, 2012
GlitterSucks wrote:
To squelch reading of classics is abhorrent. All books have a hidden agenda, if you choose to interpret it as it fits your fancy. I love GWTW, not because I want to live on a plantation or marry Ashley, I admire Scarlett's chutzpah. Isn't that supposed to open discussion? Isn't that how we and our children learn?
Tempest in a teapot, Glitter.

Nobody is squelching classics (although you might get some disgreement as to whether GWTW qualifies). There is, however, a new emphasis on being able to read increasingly complex works of non-fiction that relate to other content areas (science, math, technology, history, geography and the like).

Some of the works recommended in those areas are classics in their own right (works by Euclid, founding documents of our government, biographies and histories). But, they are not being recommended instead of fictional classics normally expected to be read in an English classroom. They are recommended reading in other content areas.

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#21 Dec 7, 2012
Hugh Victor Thompson III wrote:
<quoted text>A copious list doesn't make up for guidelines that appear to call for less study from that lineup. I refer you to the concerns of the NYC Public School parents above.
I read them and they seem to be falling under the same misperception that reading in content areas is intended to take the place of reading literature.

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#22 Dec 7, 2012
Hugh Victor Thompson III wrote:
<quoted text>A copious list doesn't make up for guidelines that appear to call for less study from that lineup. I refer you to the concerns of the NYC Public School parents above.
Dam! A word like copious? I wonder how children will broaden their vocabulary...Oh I know, ban books!

“Larchmont's Leading Citizen”

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#23 Dec 7, 2012
GlitterSucks wrote:
<quoted text>Dam! A word like copious? I wonder how children will broaden their vocabulary...Oh I know, ban books!
I'm pretty sure it was on Sister Eunice's vocabulary list in Grade 6 ;-)

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