To date, 45 states (Utah Included) and the District of Columbia have adopted part or all of the Common Core standards for their public schools. The goal, while possibly sincere in nature but none the less flawed, is try to get public education somewhat standardized throughout the US so that students graduating from one state will have the same general educational background as students from other states when attending college or entering the workforce. The supposed state led initiative is backed heavily by the federal government, which alone should provide a reason for concern.
According to the website on Common Core:
“The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy.”
The Common Core is divided into two sections: math and English language arts. In the English language arts standards, Common Core lists recommended reading materials supposedly appropriate for each grade level and you may be surprised and even shocked to learn what they are recommending to your kids to read. For 11th graders, a book on the reading list is a 1970 novel by Toni Morrison titled ‘The Bluest Eye.’
This book was written from the point of view of a person who rapes, commits incest and commits pedophilia by preying on young girls. The book is extremely detailed and explicit. This is the sort of book that belongs in an adult store rather than in the hands of impressionable high schools in the throes of raging hormones.
The author purposely wrote the book in such a way as to make the reader see themselves as a co-conspirator with the rapist. She also portrayed the actions in such a way as make them justifiable, at least in the eyes of the rapist pedophile. Morrison depicts the rape, incest and pedophilia as being ‘friendly,’ ‘innocent,’ and ‘tender.’ I ask you parents, is this what you want your kids reading and learning?
This is just one of who knows how many other questionable books they recommend. Recall that the Common Core says that it was designed to help students learn what they needed to learn to prepare them for college and the workforce. Is this the type of preparation you want them learning? Is this what you want your kids to take with them when they go off to college or get a job?
It is time for each and every one of us to become vocal against the adoption of Common Core. I do not want my children to be reading this sort of garbage in school. What needs to be done educationally is make sure that students are prepared for the future, and this sort of trash makes crimes seem acceptable.
I am calling on every parent with children to please call and write their boards of education and their legislatures. We cannot afford to corrupt the young minds of our children. What ever happened to just teaching the three “R’s?” Please find their contact info, and let them know you will not stand for this kind of low class reading.