Eye on Education

How the Common Core is Changing Children’s Literature

The Common Core standards for English and language arts that Ohio and 44 other states have adopted call for a focus on depth over breadth, more challenging readings, and increased emphasis on nonfiction.

Michael Buckley, author of the popular NERDS series and an Ohio native, says those changs means writers for children may have to evolve.

He says the Common Core emphasis on nonfiction in particular is changing expectations of children’s writers.

“Fiction is the bread and butter of most of us and now they want us to write nonfiction, which I don’t know how I’m going to do that,” says Buckley “What I fear is that we’re so dedicated to making testing the priority that books and the love of books, there’s just no time for it.“

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