Change is hard – not necessarily bad - By Dennis Van Roekel - January 7, 2013

As we get closer to Common Core State Standards implementation, some of the buzz is quickly turning to widespread anxiety. The most recent accusation: Common Core English standards will crowd literature out of the curriculum, replacing To Kill a Mockingbird with federal EPA pamphlets about insulation. Separating fact from fiction – like Common Core calls for the death of literature – has become the latest education pastime.

Change is hard. And a healthy dose of skepticism may be in order, especially when the stakes are so high. But as a general rule, doomsday scenarios rarely materialize. NEA has been working to ensure educator input throughout the development and implementation of the standards. Read more
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