The Common Core State Standards establish guidelines for reading instruction that could affect the role of charts, graphics and maps as instructional tools, according to Phil Gersmehl, a visiting research professor with the Michigan Geographic Alliance at Central Michigan University. In this commentary, he writes that the ambiguity of the common core's position on maps could either expand or diminish their role in education. "In short, there is citizenship value in helping students learn how to acquire meaning as well as factual information from all modes of communication," he writes.

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