Library collections and the common core
Sara Mosle, in her Sunday NYT article What Should Children Read? says
“the Common Core dictates that by fourth grade, public school students devote half of their reading time in class to historical documents, scientific tracts, maps and other “informational texts” — like recipes and train schedules. Per the guidelines, 70 percent of the 12th grade curriculum will consist of nonfiction titles.”
Many libraries (mine included) have reduced their nonfiction spending in the ongoing recession. We have shifted scarce resources toward more popular fiction in order to continue to meet the patrons needs.
I wonder if a library’s shift to fiction and the school system shift toward nonfiction will further isolate a student’s education resources to what is maintained in the classroom? Given the stress on teachers to adopt the new core curriculum, how many will also have time to think “outside the box” and remember their local library?