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Dear David,

I know you must be pleased that the Common Core standards have been adopted in 46 states.

And now as president of the College Board, you will be able to align the content of the SAT with the Common Core.

But David, the Common Core is becoming a laughing stock at the same time that it has become Official Government Dogma.

Read this in the Washington Post from a writer who ridicules the 70-30% rationing of informational text to literature.

Maybe you will brush that off, and say it is the usual lefty rant about all the great things you learn by reading The Great Gatsby.

But then read this in the National Review by a writer who is a graduate of Hillsdale College.

Maybe you ignore these complaints.

Maybe you feel that you are so powerful and important that you can brush them off and watch…

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  1. John… I’ve been digging into this, and you might be interested in this comment I just posted on this Ravitch post:

    It turns out Coleman has possibly contradicted himself. In the Huffington Post article, Coleman says:

    “Said plainly, stories, drama, poetry, and other literature account for the majority of reading that students will do in the high school ELA classroom.”

    But in another article by Coleman:

    “2. Range and Quality of Texts: The Common Core State Standards require a greater focus on informational text in elementary school and literary nonfiction in ELA classes in grades 6–12.”

    That article written by Coleman is the Publishers’ Criteria for the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts and Literacy, 3-12.

    I found the article on the Delaware Department of Education’s Common Core web page. The article is billed as ” designed to guide educators in providing support as they work to align materials and instruction with the Common Core State Standard.” So this is what Delaware is telling its teachers, administrators, and publishers about the 70/30 fiction requirements.

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