DH and I had a similar argument recently.
L, good luck with the job - and I wanted to add about the fiction/nonfiction issue, make sure you keep at it with both. Narrative skills for literacy rely heavily on fiction so it's important not to neglect that side. Fiction teaches lots of skills that nonfiction doesn't teach, even though nonfiction seems at first glance more "educational." So keep doing what you are doing. There's my unsolicited preachy advice for the morning. Sorry!
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