Award-Winning Children’s Author Says “Task-Based” Curriculum Will Ruin Reading for Kids

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I am the author of 16 books including my latest: The Myth of the ADHD Child: 101 Ways to Improve Your Child's Behavior and Attention Span Without Drugs, Labels, or Coercion (Tarcher-Perigee). http://amzn.to/2ewwfbp.
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  1. Bethany Black

    I wholeheartedly agree. I am currently working on a final paper for a graduate course, “Literacy and Literature.” One of the requirements is to compare/ analyze the texts we have read, as well as the Common Core standards regarding reading. It is difficult for me to write this paper without criticizing the standards, since they seem to obviously go against every idea I have concerning literacy. These include learning how to learn, developing a love of books and literature, and focusing on imagination as some of the most important foundations of reading successfully as an older adolescent and adult. I have also been comparing these “standards” with the ideals of the Finnish education system, for instance, and I find inherent differences. I am truly alarmed at the public’s acceptance of such standards, which to me are so blatantly politically motivated rather than motivated by the needs of our children. Thank you so much for the work that you have done, Mr. Armstrong. I am glad there are many experts out there who continue to be a voice of reason in this age of “academic achievement discourse.”

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