Nonfiction, fiction and the common core

01/15/2013 | Minnesota Public Radio

The uproar over the ratio of nonfiction and technical reading material in the Common Core State Standards is discussed by college professors Diane Ravitch and Timothy Shanahan in this radio interview. Under the common core, elementary-school students are to read 50% fiction and 50% nonfiction throughout the school day, and by their senior year, 70% of their reading material should be nonfiction. Shanahan, who was an adviser on the creation of the English standards, said students who are reading 80% fiction in school aren't being prepared for the demands of science and history in careers and college, while Ravitch advocates for dropping of the new ratios, calling them arbitrary.

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