Skip to comments.Why all the cool kids are reading Executive Order 13423
Posted on 12/27/2012 6:35:17 AM PST by jmcenanly
A war of words is brewing. But this one doesn't involve slinging insults. Its a battle over what forms of writing novels, poems, and non-fiction will define English instruction for millions of American schoolchildren in the years to come.
Sparking this war is the Common Core standards push an effort to nationalize the standards and assessments upon which every public school in America would base its curriculum. The Obama administration has poured billions of dollars into the effort via federal Race to the Top grants.
As always when it comes to federal largess, there are strings attached. And in this case, its pulling the rug out from under classic literature. Literacy experts point out that The Common Core denigrates the value of teaching literature in the classroom. Instead, English teachers are being told that 50 percent of their course material must be derived from informational texts. (Actually, the informational text requirement starts at a mere 25 percent of reading material for kindergarteners. It rises to 70 percent for high school seniors.)
What, exactly, meets the definition of informational texts? Among those recommended on the national standards list we find The Federal Reserve Banks FedViews, The Evolution of the Grocery Bag, and Health Care Costs in McAllen, Texas. And, roll over For Whom the Bell Tolls its time to make way for that GSA classic: Executive Order 13423: Strengthening Federal Environmental, Energy, and Transportation Management.
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Gee, are they going to burn all the “illegal” books the children are not permitted to read?
Also include REFUSE to read them. The current “reading evaluation system” put in place by “No Child Left Behind” has destroyed the pleasure of reading for fun an enjoyment for millions of kids. They may have to read those books now, but as soon as they’re grown up and on their own, they’ll never read another book again.
This sounds like a job for Guy Montag.
But the strings have never been unconstitutional, as they are with Obama. Let's make a distinction here.
If everything becomes digital, censorship is simply a matter of blocking access to files to all but a few authorities.
Which turns the printing press into a retro source of freedom. Print and distribute pamphlets; you control the content, distribution isn’t tracked from download to destination, and it can be carried and read without needing batteries or high tech devices.
Simply increases the number of LIV....