Monday, December 10, 2012

American Classics to be Replaced With How-To Manuals

Catcher in the Rye and To Kill a Mockingbird will be replaced in US classrooms by 2014, according to The London Telegraph. And what will replace them? Non-fiction texts aimed at getting students ready for the workplace. From The Telegraph:
A new school curriculum which will affect 46 out of 50 states will make it compulsory for at least 70 per cent of books studied to be non-fiction, in an effort to ready pupils for the workplace. 
Books such as JD Salinger's Catcher in the Rye and Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird will be replaced by "informational texts" approved by the Common Core State Standards.
Suggested non-fiction texts include Recommended Levels of Insulation by the the US Environmental Protection Agency, and the Invasive Plant Inventory, by California's Invasive Plant Council.
The piece is here.



Anonymous George Hamilton said...

Those manuals should keep the kids keen to turn up for school! If I hadn't looked at my calendar this morning, I would swear that the article meant it was 1 April.

Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 10:00:00 AM PST  

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