Common Core Lowers College Readiness

Feb 20, 2018 by

In today’s Martin Center article, Joy Pullmann of Heartland distils her new book The Education Invasion and shows that Common Core might make some students more ready for vocational training (which is what “college” increasingly is), but it will make most less ready for the kind of work we used to associate with college.

One problem with Common Core is that its standards call for a 70–30 division between “informational texts” and literature in reading throughout K–12. The problem is that reading of complex material does more to prepare students for what they should read and write about in college than “informational” material. “Common Core,” she writes, “means that students will read fewer pages of Dickens and Dostoyevsky and more pages devoted to such informational material as federal administrative orders.”

Source: Common Core Lowers College Readiness — Martin Center Article | National Review

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