Who’s responsible for teaching reading?

A recent article in The Washington Post argues that English teachers are misinterpreting the common core standards in reading to mean that they should ditch fiction for nonfiction: “Yes, the standards do require increasing amounts of nonfiction from kindergarten through grade 12, [Common Core architect David] Coleman said. But that refers to reading across all subjects, not just in English class, he said. Teachers in social studies, science and math should require more reading, which would allow English teachers to continue to assign literature, he said.”

About Jennifer Summit

I am a professor of English at Stanford University. My research interests generally focus on the medieval and early modern periods, but I've become increasingly interested in how we might use some of the methodologies and questions that have been generated by the academic subfields of the history of reading and the book to understand the uses of literacy today.
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