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Opinion: Why all high school courses should be elective

The rise of the Common Core State Standards has fueled a long national debate about what courses students should be required to take and when, the Washington Post reports. Here’s an unconventional look on the subject, from Marion Brady, a classroom teacher for years who has written history and world culture textbooks (Prentice-Hall), professional books, numerous nationally distributed columns (many are available here), and courses of study. His 2011 book, “What’s Worth Learning,” asks and answer this question: What knowledge is absolutely essential for every learner? His course of study for secondary-level students, called Connections: Investigating Reality, is free for downloading here. Brady’s website is

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