I do mourn the loss of the focus on classical literature with the Common Core Standards impacting students nationwide. I think classical literature helps to change students thinking dispositions when they read, analyze and think deeply about it - growing better thinkers is important.
I am thankful to be employed at a public charter school where I as a teacher, I can select my own curriculum and literature under state charter school laws. Yes, when our district and state adopts the Common Core Standards, then we have to meet or exceed them. However, as a charter school we can select literature to help students exceed the Common Core Standards and are not forced to stay with the Common Core literature lists.
I do understand the "why" on the informational text focus, as I see many students that are seriously struggling in some STEM courses because the cannot read and understand the subject matter very well, when delivered in text only form.
I also think it is unfair that under No Child Left Behind assessments for reading and writing make up 2/3 of the content knowledge being assessed, yet we as English teachers, only have one hour per day with students to accomplish this, whereas, Math usually gets the same time per week and only represents 1/3 of the assessed content under NCLB.
I am still lurking around this list, reading and not posting because I seriously do not have the time to allot to it.
Happy New Year - maybe I will have more time in this new year to share my thoughts and questions about what is written on this list. Thank you for sharing.
Be well... Anna