A new school curriculum which will affect 46 out of 50 states will make it compulsory for at least 70 per cent of books studied to be non-fiction, in an effort to ready pupils for the workplace.
Books such as JD Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye and Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird will be replaced by “informational texts” approved by the Common Core State Standards.
This sounds pretty bad at first glance. Well, I’m going to play the devil’s advocate for a minute. Here’s Apple’s CEO Tim Cook on education in the US:
Given that, why doesn’t Apple leave China entirely and manufacture everything in the U.S.? “It’s not so much about price, it’s about the skills,” Cook told Williams.
Echoing a theme stated by many other companies, Cook said he believes the U.S. education system is failing to produce enough people with the skills needed for modern manufacturing processes. He added, however, that he hopes the new Mac project will help spur others to bring manufacturing back to the U.S.
Maybe a greater focus on practical education would be a good thing in the U.S. With that said, the piece I linked to from The Telegraph has no citation that I can see, so I’m hoping this isn’t actually a thing. Especially this part:
Suggested non-fiction texts include Recommended Levels of Insulation by the the US Environmental Protection Agency, and the Invasive Plant Inventory, by California’s Invasive Plant Council.
That doesn’t sound like it could actually be a thing, right? Right?