Yes, it's absolutely horrendous that fiction is not highly valued by the architects of the Common Core, i.e. non-educators Bill Gates/David Coleman, and that by virtue of his wealth, Gates gets to dictate education policy across the country. Look at what's on his "Books" page -see any classics there? http://www.thegatesnotes.com/...
People should be permitted to buy our government, yet we have many corporate profiteers, from both sides of the aisle, who have joined together in doing just that, including the Walton/Gates-Duncan alliance which supports ALEC agendas, including privatizing education across the country.
The 99% really need to wake up and speak out, before the 1% destroy public education altogether and turn everyone into mindless drones who will be happy to work at Wal-Mart etc. and not complain about their low incomes and lack of labor unions.
On another note, as with most college professors, I have had to address writing issues so much over the years that I feel like I'm an English teacher, even though my expertise is in other areas. Of course, there are a number of issues inherent in this matter, but one irks me more than others, so I have a request.
Can I please ask all of you real English teachers to make sure that students learn and use paragraphing? I've been teaching in higher ed for decades and I am just so tired of getting papers composed of a single paragraph --even though my assignment instructions clearly state that students must use paragraphing to separate topics and include multiple paragraphs in their writing. Often, these single paragraph papers go on for pages. It's just something that has not been ingrained in them, I guess. (I teach online now, so my students are living across the globe, but most are Americans who were educated in the US.) Thanks for whatever you can do to help!