Read the following blog about The Common Core:
The common core offers skills that need to be taught through content. I can’t speak for history, I don’t work with those, but I can speak for language arts. I have always believed that content is the vehicle through which we teach skills. Yes, books are ‘good’ or enjoyable and there should be room for that conversation, but if you leave me with a knowledge of ‘that book was good and I liked it’ instead of how to determine why an author made a literary choice and how that affects a theme, the audience, etc. or how to cite information from that text, then I haven’t done you justice. I haven’t given you the education you deserve.