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Chapter 2: Old Wine in Broken Bottles the Common Core State Standards and “Zombie New Criticism”

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Old Wine in Broken Bottles the Common Core State Standards and “Zombie New Criticism”
Old wine in broken bottles: The common core state standards and “zombie new criticism”

We closed our last chapter by explaining our worry that the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), in their emphasis on skills, fail to take pleasure and wisdom into consideration, the very reasons reading skills are worth developing in the first place. That omission from the Standards document (National Governors Association Center for Best Practices/Council of Chief State School Officers [NGA Centers/ CCSSO], 2010a), we think, is the result of an impoverished understanding of both the New Criticism, the theory upon which the CCSS seem to be grounded, and reader-response criticism, which emerged as a humane corrective to ...

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