It might be time to pay attention to the growing role - and potential unintended consequences - of Common Core Standards. Meanwhile, if you like to read, see "The Common Core’s 70 percent nonfiction standards and the end of reading?" By Alexandra Petri , Updated: December 7, 2012 [Spoiler alert: watch for irony in the article, even in the excerpts below.] Also see: Clothing the Emperor
"New Common Core standards (which impact 46 out of 50 states) will require that, by graduation in 2014, 70 percent of books studied be nonfiction. Some suggested texts include 'FedViews' by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, the EPA’s 'Recommended Levels of Insulation,' and 'Invasive Plant Inventory' by California’s Invasive Plant Council.
...I like reading. I love reading. ...And it’s all because, as a child, my parents took the time to read me 'Recommended Levels of Insulation.'"