It is 2014, and many of the school districts in the United States will be implementing the new Common Core Curriculum. Depending on One's point of view, the new guidelines now have a prescribed healthy or lethal dose of nonfiction literature.
For example, the Common Core now dictates that students devote half of thier reading time in class to historical documents, scientific tracts, maps, and other "informational texts" like recipes, rain schedules and political essays. The Guidelines state that 70% of the 12th grade curriculum will consist of non fiction titles.
Titles likes John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men, Ray Bradbury Fahrenheit 451, Beowulf, Harper Lee To Kill a Mocking Bird, William Shakespeare A Midsummer Night's Dream and Jack London Call of the Wild would be eliminated.
In favor of: My Body by Andrea Pinnington, The Story of the White House by Marge Kennedy, Let's Read About Cesar Chevez by Jerry Tello and Totally Tolerant: Spotting and Stopping Prejudice by Lauri Mandel and Dianne Webber. This list comes from Common Core book list by Scholastic Books.
The justification behind the change comes from David Coleman who sits on the College Board and is in charge of standardized testing. In an interview with Kurt Anderson of Studio 360, Coleman states,