Phi Beta Cons

College English Already in Trouble, But Common Core Will Make Things Worse

Mary Grabar has been teaching English for years, and has some scars to show for her willingness say politically incorrect things. English departments are mostly under the control of professors who are imbued with all the academic fads concerning race, class, gender, and so on. Things are bad now, but certain to get worse once Common Core takes hold, she argues in this Pope Center piece. Common Core will lead to further erosion of the ability of students to read and write about books, thus accelerating the death spiral of college English.

George Leef — George Leef is the director of research for the John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy.

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