Parents: expect to see less homework on The Great Gatsby
, and more on The Great Recession
A joint effort known as the Common Core State Standards Initiative
has prompted nearly every state in the union to mandate that 70% or more of high school reading material be non-fiction by 2014. That means less Twain, and more physics, explained.
As Eric Owens at The Daily Caller informs
, the non-fiction suggestions from CCSSI include classics like Alexis de Tocqueville's Democracy in America
, but also the admittedly less high-spirited "FedViews
" published by - you could have guessed - the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.
It's a move not exactly being embraced by some experts in pedagogy. "We read literature because it's good for our souls," says Caity Doyle of education technology news site Technapex
. Still, defenders of the shift toward facts and figures say they're of more importance in a brutally competitive global marketplace.
Prominent initiative supporter Bill Gates gave his take
more states that adopt these career based standards, the closer we will be to sharing innovation and becoming more competitive as a country."
Via The Daily Caller