The volume of Reading Is Still Important
The Common Core explicitly and implicitly address the issue of reading volume.
- On page 3 of Appendix A, they attribute “the deterioration of overall reading ability” to “the problem of the lack of reading.”
- They go on to say that “To grow, our students must read lots, and more specifically they must read lots of ‘complex’ texts—texts that offer new language, new knowledge, and new modes of thought.”
- So while they do make the argument for complex text, they also make the argument for reading volume.
Theory to Practice: Lost in the Translation
Somewhere between conception and implementation, most grand ideas grow muddled with translation. In this instance and instances like these, it is important to return to the Common Core document and ask:
Is this understanding a reflection of where the standards demonstrate shortsightedness? Or is this a reflection of what we “think” we’ve read and understood about the Common Core? Our laments must become the “guiding concern” that leads to our own close, careful reading of the Common Core document.