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.
Suggested non-fiction texts include Recommended Levels of Insulation by the the US Environmental Protection Agency, and the Invasive Plant Inventory, by California’s Invasive Plant Council.
The new educational standards have the backing of the influential National Governors’ Association and the Council of Chief State School Officers, and are being part-funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Jamie Highfill, a teacher at Woodland Junior High School in Arkansas, told the Times that the directive was bad for a well-rounded education.
“I’m afraid we are taking out all imaginative reading and creativity in our English classes.
“In the end, education has to be about more than simply ensuring that kids can get a job. Isn’t it supposed to be about making well-rounded citizens?”
Supporters of the directive argue that it will help pupils to develop the ability to write concisely and factually, which will be more useful in the workplace than a knowledge of Shakespeare.
BRB GRABBING MY TORCH AND PITCHFORK
You all can thank our false idol of a President for pushing common core curriculum standards; and thanks to his lackey, Governor Deval Patrick, our great state has bowed down and ascertained to the Obama Administration’s demands.
Books such as these have freed the minds of so many impressionable youths. They give us all a glimpse, for a fleeting couple of weeks, outside of the blinders our society has built with cookie cutter houses and honey boo boo.
I’m terrified in the over-confidence we have in our leadership. The devil isn’t brash and scary to look at; he sneaks in your house with charisma and false promises.
He wins us over with issues that don’t actually matter to him: marriage and reproductive rights, medical marijuana, online shopping, lower gas prices and just a small taste of “the good life.’ He gives us the illusion of freedom just to blind us to the fact that soon the government will slowly begin to take away our guns, our will and our minds.
They are slowly stripping away the outlets for the american people to protect themselves.
It starts with books, it ends with slavery.