My colleagues are so fucking out of touch that they think Hemmingway is a developmentally appropriate read for third graders. That's eight and nine year olds. Never mind the (stated lack of) complexity of the vocabulary and sentence structure--what about the themes and imagery?
Yep, according to the thcientific meathurements of the newly-invented "Lexiles," Mr. Popper's Penguins is more complex than To Kill a Mockingbird, and F. Scott Fitzgerald's Tender is the Night is appropriate for a fifth grader in the complexity of sentence structure and vocabulary. Graham Greene's The Power and the Glory--a violent celebration of anti-Christianity and Communism--is deemed appropriate for a third grader.
And my colleagues? They say "Wouldn't it be wonderful if our elementary students read The Sun Also Rises?"
People wonder why I hold public schools in general and Common Core in specific in such contempt. By their measures, the only thing complex enough for a high school reading level is a product and consumer safety manual (but then again, that's probably the aim of the program. Damn them.).
Catholic school. It's the only thing outside of home schooling that I'll accept.
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