I thought this book was labelled NONfiction

LiarLiar I thought this book was labelled NONfictionOn the dust jacket for Jean Craighead George and Wendell Minor’s Galápagos George, forthcoming from HarperCollins, I see the following statement: “This book meets the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts/Science and Technical Subjects.” You big fat liars: Galápagos George, whose virtues are indeed many, does NOT meet the CCSS Standards, because the CCSS Standards do not purport to evaluate books or any other classroom materials. I told you all that this would happen.

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  1. Myra Zarnowski says:

    Thank you for this important reminder. I have been saying from the very beginning that The Commom Core Standards are not IN the books! The standards are about what we teachers and our students do with then, which is largely to read them critically and use them to learn new information. Stickers on books proclaiming that they are CCSS books are ridiculous.

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