Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Common Core Standards' Publishers' Criteria For English Criticized

Joanne Yatvin, past president of the National Council of Teachers of English, writes as a guest blogger for Education Week (2/28, 37K) that she became "alarmed" after reading "Publishers' Criteria for the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts and Literacy" by David Coleman and Susan Pimentel. Yatvin says, "In these instructions to curriculum developers and publishers of classroom materials, I saw not only a misreading of children's capabilities, but also the intent to redefine the purpose of K-12 education and to control its curriculum and methods." Yatvin adds that "most disturbing in these quotes, however, is the authors' demand that any content or skill not specified in the standards be excluded from the school curriculum."

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