"Our students need to be prepared to the real world, for jobs that don’t even exist yet. That means we need to bring the real world to them as often as possible. The real world is not in a textbook. The world is in Katherine Boo‘s Behind the Beautiful Forevers and David McCullough‘s The Johnstown Flood. It’s in Dave Eggers‘ Zeitoun or Sue Halpern’s Four Wings and a Prayer. If the Common Core can help some districts move away from textbooks and into newspapers and literary nonfiction then I am all for it!"