I wanted to pop my head in and just say a bit. I will admit that I am not familiar with the differences between Common and Smart core, and if this is even a thing in my area. Also... this is a bit off topic.. but I had to vent.
However, I do have a good friend that is a teacher at a local high school. I had breakfast with him this morning, and he told me about an assignment he gave his class. He told them to pick any book of their choosing (graphic novels were even acceptable, and I do realize those hold some literary value), read it (weird), write TWO paragraphs, and prepare a FIVE MINUTE presentation. This is NOT a difficult assignment, and was worth forty percent of their grade. On top of that, my friend gave his students thirty minutes in class to read everyday for four weeks. That is ample time to finish a book, particularly when none of the books were over 300 pages.
Half the class didn't turn it in. Appalled, he gathered up his class and gave them TWO HOURS to finish the assignment in the library. Still, half of his class had to be failed.
Are you kidding me?! I haven't heard anything so ridiculous in my ENTIRE life.