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Most States' Schools To Replace Classic Novels With "Informational Texts"

Get your kids out of the public schools. Now.


Schools in America are to drop classic books such as Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird and JD Salinger's Catcher in the Rye from their curriculum in favour of 'informational texts'.

American literature classics are to be replaced by insulation manuals and plant inventories in US classrooms by 2014.

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.

(H/T Fish)

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  1. I have no problem with this. If you want your children to read the classics, you be the parent. You have them read the book, read it with them, discuss it. I do see the problem with the schools choosing what is “informative.” Could Dreams From My Father be “informative?” How about Ann Coulter’s latest book?
    Bottom line is that schools, public or private, are only half the equation (or less) for creating a well educated child; parents are the other half (likely more.) Doing only what the school asks is doing the bare minimum and will get you a bare minimum educated child.

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