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[Susan notes: I think it is important to realize that Common Core debases nonfiction as well as fiction. See further discussion.]

Submitted to New York Times but not published
06/20/2015

To the editor

In English Class in Common Core Era: 'Tom Sawyer' and Court Opinions, (June 20) Kate Taylor provided telling examples of how the Common Core has affected both what students read and how they are told to read it. As a longtime English teacher and community library volunteer, I can testify with great sadness--and rage--that I've never seen a better example both for ending compulsory school attendance and for strengthening local libraries, which still offer the whole thing.

Susan Ohanian


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