The folks who have written the standards have a progressive ideology that they want imposed on the nation. Textbook editors, like Prentice Hall [a Pearson Education company] are clearly ideological. Bureaucrats in the state education departments are just unaware of the level of indoctrination that has already taken place in our schools. Progressivism seems natural to them; they’ve had liberal schools for many years.
Many of these people have not had a grounding in a classical liberal arts education themselves. They don’t understand what real literature is.