January 23rd, 2014
Like many readers, I think about the fictional Holden Caulfield with fondness. When I first read The Catcher in the Rye I was about 12, which may explain why I...Read more
January 15th, 2014
"I'm not a Mary Poppins kind of person," says Carmen Fariña in a profile in today's New York Times.
January 9th, 2014
On Christmas Eve, while one of my nephews was preparing to seize the last of my real estate holdings in Family Guy Monopoly, I missed this PBS segment about the Common...Read more
December 20th, 2013
Have you heard praise or criticism about the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and wondered what people were talking about?
December 12th, 2013
With brightly-lighted trees and beribboned packages, the holiday season is a time of wonder. But as with life itself, that sense of wonder can soon turn to melancholy.
December 6th, 2013
In college, I studied Shakespeare with a brilliant scholar named Edward Tayler. One of his most repeated phrases—"the Reader as Narcissus"—still echoes in my mind.
November 19th, 2013
"The world will little note, nor long remember," President Abraham Lincoln said on a Pennsylvania battlefield 150 years ago today. Little note? Lincoln's eulogy to the...Read more
November 5th, 2013
On November 4, the Education Writers Association hosted "Common Core at the Crossroads: What Comes Next?" Reporters and educators at the D.C. conference discussed issues...Read more
October 28th, 2013
On January 20, 1961, John F. Kennedy was sworn in as the 35th U.S. President. His stirring challenge, “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for...Read more
October 23rd, 2013
If you need Common Core resources, check out our redesigned website. We've added several features, including: