Monday, May 20, 2013

Comment Liberation

Robert Shepherd:

I think that two things are being confused here. What the Common Core State Standards (more exactly, the Publishers’ Criteria that accompanied the standards) attacks is not the necessity of background knowledge for reading comprehension but, rather, a kind of prereading activity that has become ubiquitous in educational materials that is typically called something like “Activate Prior Knowledge” that does not, typically, address the background knowledge issue. This is an extremely important issue, so I hope that people will bear with me while I explain it in some detail.

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