Atticus Finch shot dead

Oh, Literati. Tis a sad day. Instead of killing a mockingbird, everyone’s favorite father has been murdered. Oh yee, of literary bent, read and mourn, read and mourn.  I am including a link to the story but it does not seem to connect.  Go to www.washingtonpost.com home page today and scroll down to the story …

Oh, Literati.

Tis a sad day. Instead of killing a mockingbird, everyone’s favorite father has been murdered. Oh yee, of literary bent, read and mourn, read and mourn.  I am including a link to the story but it does not seem to connect.  Go to www.washingtonpost.com home page today and scroll down to the story if the link does not take you there.

www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/common-core-state-standards-in-english-spark-war-over-words/2012/12/02/4a9701b0-38e1-11e2-8a97-363b0f9a0ab3_story.html?hpid=z3

 

 

Thorn and Tesse watching the water rise near the towers as global warming makes us beach front property.

 

16 comments

  1. Stars Fall On My Heart
    Stars Fall On My Heart says:

    Oh, a misunderstanding of words? Perhaps if we hadn’t cut out all of that good literature, maybe they’d know how to read between the lies.

  2. Glclark says:

    As I read the article it doesn’t take the ‘classics’ out of English Classes. It only suggests/requires other disciplines to add reading requirements relevant to their curriculum. That’s something new and of course anything new in education is immediately rejected by the masses.
    Colleges that require specialized admissions tests like the LSAT and GMAT and MCAT don’t care if Addicus killed a rabid dog or if Huckleberry Finn said the ‘N’ word. They care that the applicant can read, digest and interpret a Supreme Court Decision or a complex study of some new/original scientific discovery and that after reading those documents, the applicant can intelligently discuss the material in those documents because that’s the central measure of potential success in advanced fields such as law and medicine.  Where better than the Public School curriculum can we insert those non-fiction documents and require students to be exposed to something beyond fun  fiction.
    The change does not forbid students or anyone from reading the classics or complex documents or business or government non-fiction books. What it does is force students to rise above the fun and easy ‘A’ and easy to read stuff and actually learn to process real information relevant to the real world.
    Ok – so that’s my two cents worth – but fear not – Big Brother is not coming to a public school near you to burn Addicus Finch and Huckleberry Finn and Robert Frost in the public square.

  3. I just lost my opinion adding a new comment. (jfeorhu9hongoewn) Just as well.  I was at the point saying that Hillfield (?) removed King Aurthor for god sakes.  Better to leave it alone.  Diane, I wouldn’t translate that one if I were you.

  4. While I can understand the need to teach nonfiction readings in schools, it is fiction that encourages the young to want to read. As a teacher I saw what happened when history curricula were changed to no longer include the Founding Fathers. Middle School kids didn’t know Alexander Hamilton even when the man on the ten-dollar bill stared them in the eye. Now students will hear the names of famous fictitious characters and ask “Who?”

  5. Diane Cresswell says:

    Its interesting to read this article – for even within the article – there is dissention on the directions from the directors of the guidelines.  Ok so now the teachers are to deal with literature that is nonfiction.  Question = what are textbooks?  Nonfiction and boring.  The classics of nonfiction are somewhat boring unless you have a mindbent to explore the techniques of the language in which they were written.  Read them and except for a very few – boring!  Unfortunately for today’s children – their attention spans are very short.  So yes an adjustment is needed to change that – making sure that cell phones and computers are locked down and not to be used in any way shape or form while reading.  And before I get all kinds of retorts here – I was and still am a bookworm and read many things including the dictionary.  If I were a teacher now – I would be questioning the lists of nonfiction and asking whether my kids could read something other than what is listed!  Subjects that would be interesting to explore, to question the thinking process, see the world from a different perspective that just might stimulate children to read something other than easy books.  I can think of a dozen books already that would be better suited to read than what is listed.  Although after sitting in many coffee shops – I have seen some of the books that kids these days are reading and they are not easy reads!!!!  My question is this…do we really need more “experts” telling the education departments of schools on what to read more of – or maybe  get back to guidelines that emphasize the teaching of EDUCATION to hungry minds opening up their minds further in exploring and questioning more of what this world is about rather than stiffling their creativity, thinking and learning with procedures and directives that make little robots out of the children expecting them to be all on the same page without any inspiration or imagination that takes them to places of thinking that go far beyond the books?  I’ve watched this happening for a long time in our schools, watching the kids get dummied down – not even knowing what comprises the states of this country – not knowing history or geography or spelling, or being taught science that is outdated and a myriad of others inadequacies within our school districts because some “experts” decide that the kids are lacking whatever in complete educational skills.  Can we change the education system to see the children as something other than dollar signs? Wonder where it all started???  Change is good, but changes that are forced or are without a higher direction can be stupid changes.  Like where our education systems are now sitting.  Ok Cowboy – I’m off my soapbox now.  The little rebelrouser is just saying.  Oh yah, I come from a long line of teachers…love them and they are stiffled!!!!

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