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Common Core Reading: The Struggle Over Struggle

This idea, that kids really need to grapple with complex reading material, says a lot about the soul of the Common Core. And it’s controversial, raising fears among some parents and educators that kids, in the process, are being asked to struggle too much. We’ll unpack that fear — and what it means for young readers to struggle — in just a minute. But first, we need to go back a few years, to understand why this shift toward reading “complexity” is a shift at all.