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Required Readings: 16 June 2013

Happy father’s day, to our American readers! There is a theme to today’s RR: the Common Core Standards. CCS is a topic we are going to have to tackle around here sooner or later, my friends. May as well familiarize yourself with the basics:

Official Website of the Common Core Standards

June 9 NYT Opinion column from Andrew Hacker outlines some concerns about CCS

June 11 USA Today pro-CCS editorial

A June 9 op-ed by Delaware governor Jack Markell, with several bonus “Read more on this topic” links at the end

Randi Weingarten, American Federation of Teachers President, calls for a moratorium on assessments based on CCS on the AFT website

The Heritage Foundation latched on to the AFT piece with hysterical glee, announcing: “The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) has joined groups like the Republican National Committee, the American Association of Christian Schools, the Home School Legal Defense Association, Tea Party groups, public policy organizations, and parents across the country in expressing concerns about Common Core national standards and assessments.” Except…I don’t really think so? You read Weingarten’s letter and let me know what you think of this characterization. Best part, the disclaimer at the end of the Heritage page: “CORRECTION: An earlier version of this post mischaracterized the American Federation of Teachers’ position on the Common Core standards. This post has been corrected to reflect the organization’s position.” What on earth must it have said pre-correction?

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DrShell is an Associate Professor of English at a small liberal arts college. She teaches world literature, composition, popular culture, and speculative fiction and serves as faculty sponsor for the Secular Student Alliance. DrShell lives in tame suburbia with her husband and son and a pack of rescued pets, where she spends a lot of time running, taking Body Pump classes, and thinking about getting another tattoo.


  1. June 16, 2013 at 11:54 am —

    Awesome topic and links! Thanks, Shell 🙂

  2. June 16, 2013 at 12:46 pm —

    Thanks! It’s a very tricky subject. I’m the representative from our English department to the English Education program at our school, meaning I advise all the students seeking certification in secondary English, so I hear a lot about CSS.

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