This story has me putting on my skeptical glasses. "New educational standards now approved in 46 out of 50 states mandate that nonfiction books constitute at least 70 per cent of the texts high-school students read."
Suggested readings include: Alexis de Tocqueville’s “Democracy in America,” “FedViews,” by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco (2009) and “Executive Order 13423: Strengthening Federal Environmental, Energy, and Transportation Management,” published by the General Services Administration.
Supposedly there has been too much easy reading in junior high and high school and student are now unable to digest complex nonfiction, including studies, reports and primary documents. Now English teachers will have to decide what fiction books to skip in favor of government reports?
Call me cynical.
Oh and, Gangnam Style will eventually go out of style. Hopefully