Simply re-read the original post, a2z. I said that I had been working in a school last week and observed that the K-2 teacher had the freedom of declaring "Dr. Seuss Week" and then she centered the whole week's reading lessons on an author study. I work with 9 of the kids in that class, and I was impressed by how excited and engaged they were doing the Seuss books. I also noticed that two of my PI kids seamlessly transitioned to "right-side-up" during the week. I used to have the freedom to do that prior to NCLB and High Stakes Testing and Pacing Guides and canned scripted programs took that freedom away. Now Common Core seems to be the big influence in the schools. Has that made things better or worse? For the record, I'm not against the idea of Common Core, but I see plenty of problems with how it was devised, how it was forced/coerced into the schools and how it is being implemented - at least in Rhode Island.