Big changes to the curriculum of public schools within the U.S. are slated to hit classrooms in 2014 when classic staples to English classes, like Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird and JD Salinger's Catcher In The Rye, are eliminated to make room for non-fictional reads. A list of books approved by the Common Core State Standards includes suggested replacements, in the form of informational texts like the Invasive Plant Inventory by California's Invasive Plant Council and Recommended Levels of Insulation by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, to take the place of fiction.
The announcement follows attempts by the National Governors' Association and Council of Chief State School Officers public policy reforms aimed at improving educational standards. These changes have been financed in part by grants offered by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and include educational policies geared toward preparing students for the workforce. The new curricula is expected to include a minimum of 70% non-fiction materials within 46 of 50 U.S. states.
Literature lovers and educators have had a mixed reaction to the changes and are greatly concerned that students will not receive the intellectual stimulation the humanities provide since a well rounded education pupils more opportunity to become well rounded citizens. Supporters insist that students will remove propaganda from the classroom and enhance the skills required to gain employment upon graduation. Public reaction has been quite strong to the curriculum change with response ranging from great protest to pointed fingers at the overall declining state of the educational system.