It should be thrown into the garbage can like all other "reformer" ideas. I can just see kids being denied the right to read and study novels in literature classes, although reading novels is critical for students to use their creativy and imagination and also helps them write better.
Reading novels, especially the classics, is important in understanding the cultural foundations of this country and helps students become well-rounded adults.
For the record, Catcher in the Rye was NEVER required reading in public schools around the country. Because the novel used obscenities and had a scene of the protagonist with a prostitute (even though nothing happened between them, and Holden Caulfield, the protagonist, was very moral in his dealings with her), it would often be on a suggested reading list. Students had to get parental consent to read it for class. Furthermore, the book was banned in many school libraries around the country.
Gates, of course, doesn't give a shit public school students are "well-rounded" adults. That's only for private school students, anyway. Public school students are good only as drones in the future workplace of lousy-paid jobs with few or no benefits.
"Common Core" needs to be fought tooth and nail everywhere it is being implemented.
Supporters of the directive argue that it will help pupils to develop the ability to write concisely and factually, which will be more useful in the workplace than a knowledge of Shakespeare.
It misses the point. Public education is not a tool for businesses but a way to create informed citizens.