In a piece for Educational Leadership, professor of English Mark Bauerlein describes the importance of text complexity and the dispositions students will need if they are going to be successful with this outcome. These include
- A Willingness to Probe
- The Capacity for Uninterrupted Thinking
- A Receptivity to Deep Thinking
Bauerlein moves the reader through the research governing the inclusion of text complexity in the Common Core before writing
Complex texts can be lengthy and opaque, the product of careful thought and studied composition. To address them, readers may need to sit down with them for several hours of concentration. Readers need to be patient enough to ponder a single sentence for a few minutes, because many complex texts aren’t just purveyors of information, but expressions of value and perspective.
…the comprehension of complex texts depends on a receptive posture in readers. They have to finish the labor of understanding before they talk back…
You can read Bauerlein’s entire article here.