An excellent overview of what to expect in education in 2013. But the very sad reality—that the great majority of young people in this country don’t care much for reading, and do it only occasionally and reluctantly—will not be addressed at all. The Common Core Standards will test to see if children are good readers, but, unfortunately, the kind of curriculum these standards will drive will only further alienate children from books.
Reading is everything. Avid readers read better, write better, concentrate better, and have wider frames of reference that make all learning easier. Schools need to develop children as avid readers, and most academic problems will melt away.