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Common Core: Content is back!
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Shout it from the rooftops, tell all your friends: The Common Core era signals a return of history, civics, literature, science, and the fine arts to the elementary school curriculum. That’s if we don’t let misguided ideas stand in our way.
If this news to you, you’re not alone. But E.D. Hirsch, Jr., is doing his darndest to spread the word:
There’s a lot about Common Core implementation that’s tough work and highly controversial. This is not one of them. What parents or educators don’t want their kids to learn great content? History, civics, literature, science, and fine arts? Yes please!
Yet the education field might still find a way to screw this up—because it thinks of reading as a “skill,” because of its fealty to the “social studies” ideology, and over concerns about what’s “developmentally appropriate.” In a great blog post today inspired by a current controversy in New York over the “appropriateness” of teaching Ancient Civilizations to first-graders, Dan Willingham takes on the latter:
So spread the word. As Hirsch urges in his article’s title, “Tell Your Local Superintendent: ‘Don’t Worry. Students Will Ace Those [Common Core] Tests If They Learn History, Civics, Literature, Science, and the Fine Arts.’”
Content is back!