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Worried Common Core is pushing fiction out?

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – No, Lev Fruchter isn’t an English teacher. The 17-year veteran of New York City public schools teaches computer science at NEST+m, a school for gifted and talented students on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

But most of his coding lessons focus on novels and short stories, and not only those chapters on whale anatomy in “Moby Dick.” He incorporates science fiction, but also classical literature and fables to show his students how computers work and even help them master HTML.