Common Core and Martin Luther King Jr.: Is this any way to teach his famous letter from jail?

Jul 22, 2015 by

"David Coleman is one of the most destructive individual involving the public education system in America." Jimmy Kilpatrick

“David Coleman is the most destructive individual involving the public education system in America.” Jimmy Kilpatrick

By Valerie Strauss –

Educators are still sounding off on what they see as significant problems with the Common Core English Language Arts standards.

One problem became clear in a New York Times article by Kimberly Skillen, a New York school district administrator, who was quoted about the Core dictate that more nonfiction be taught to students in all classes, including English. She said that this has led to the “elimination” of some literature, but that “we look at teaching literature as teaching particular concepts and skills” and students don’t have to read an entire novel to learn “the concepts” in it. (For that matter, they could just read the Spark Notes to get the “concepts.”)

[A disturbing quote about teaching literature in the Common Core era]

Then there’s the way that David Coleman, one of the principal authors of the ELA standards and now president of the College Board, wants teachers to present literature to students. Coleman has explained that he wants students to do what is called “close reading” of text by looking only at what the author has written, without drawing on any background information in the text analysis.

Source: Common Core and Martin Luther King Jr.: Is this any way to teach his famous letter from jail? – The Washington Post

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