Common Core and Humanities Education: Are WE "College-ready"?

This is an Archive of a Past Event

The Common Core State Standards Initiative is currently implementing a new K-12 curriculum across public schools in California. Common Core will significantly change how children learn both humanities and STEM. In English and Language Arts, for example, the standards suggest that students should move toward reading 70% non-fiction texts by senior year of high school, to develop "college- and career-level reading" using "complex texts and their academic language." As educators, we must become informed about this policy and consider how it will alter our teaching in the coming decade. 

We invite you to join us for an open discussion and contemplation of Common Core on April 14th. We will gather as a community to begin a dialogue about how Common Core could change our own approach in the classroom. 


  • Professor Russell Berman, Director of Thinking Matters and Introductory Seminars
  • Emma Dunbar, Assistant Principal, Presidio Middle School, San Francisco
  • Professor Dan Edelstein, Faculty, Summer Humanities Institute and Stanford Humanities House
  • Dr. Deborah Tennen, Chief Content Officer at Shmoop e-learning platform


This is a second event of a two-part series on Common Core, co-sponsored by the Humanities Education Focal Group and the School of Humanities & Sciences Dean's Office. Our first event will be held on April 8th, at 12:00, entitled 'The Humanities in Tomorrow's Schools: "Almost Everything Changes.'"