Tuesday, June 12, 2012

David Coleman Doesn't Hate Fiction

Sometimes it is best to just get out of the way and let a really great blogger handle the load - in this case it is Kathleen Porter-Magee with a great blog about the use of fiction and non-fiction in the Common Core State Standards. The absolute worst part of being in education reform is the propensity for opponents to massively exaggerate a point to win their argument. Let's be clear - David Coleman and the writers of Common Core do not hate fiction.  

"Instead, the Common Core seeks to rebalance what has been an almost exclusive focus on fiction in reading and literature classrooms. In a recent post, Dana Goldstein cited research that suggested that only 20 percent of the reading that students are assigned in school is nonfiction. In the early grades, those numbers are even worse—one study of first grade classrooms found that students spent an average of only 3.6 minutes engaging with nonfiction texts in reading classrooms. (In low income classrooms, they spent only 1.4 minutes per day, adding further to the already enormous content and reading gap between low-income students and their more affluent peers.)"

Read the rest of Kathleen's post The Fiction Fallacy and get the full scoop.  It is a great post.