Common Core advances state literary culture
To the editor:
The March 1 op-ed, "The last of the state's literary culture," misrepresents the Common Core state standards' literacy standards, denigrating learning expectations that are dramatically improving teaching in Massachusetts classrooms. As a mother of two children in Massachusetts schools, I am thrilled that my daughters will be better prepared for college and career because of the Common Core.
Teaching Common Core, teachers have complete discretion to teach whichever literature they choose, and as much literature as they choose. The Common Core encourages teachers to provide students with the skills to analyze what they read.
Common Core encourages students to read more non-fiction in their social studies, history, and science classrooms. English teachers too, have responded to research proving that students thrive when they read non-fiction articles that help them better understand the historical period or other details relevant to great literature.
Far from declining, the commonwealth's literary culture will only get stronger under Common Core.
Lindsay Sobel, Boston The writer is executive director, Teach Plus Massachusetts.