Sunday, September 22, 2013

Common Core: Suggestive Reading List

Common Core
"Dreaming in Cuba"

Warning Some Words are Sexually Explicit

The more research I do about the implementation of Common Core, the more outraged I become. Lets start by talking about the book “Dreaming in Cuba.” Sounds innocent…right? Maybe the book is about an individual living in a communist country and dreaming of one day being free. No, it is not about freedom. The book was pulled out of a school in Arizona because of its sexual text. “AZ School District Pulls Sexually Explicit Book Recommended by Common Core Standards.” (A Conservative Edge Sept. 13, 2013) According to this article, the book was in the suggested list of books for children in high school. “According to the Sierra Vista Herald, school district curriculum director Terri Romo informed the school board Tuesday that she contacted the Arizona Department of Education to find out how the book came to be placed on the list of Common Core recommendations. Romo said she was told the “exemplar texts” are intended to show the correct reading level and are not recommendations for purchase.” I'm a bit confused. Romo states “exemplar texts” are intended to show the correct reading level." (By the way, I googled the words exemplar text and this is what I found: a model or pattern to be copied or imitated.) How would a teacher evaluate the reading level of a particular student if the student does not read the book? "Dreaming in Cuba" might not be a recommendation for purchase but why is it on a list of books for children to read? Why are we “recommending” this kind of filth? Why should a high school child be exposed to this kind of language? And finally, why would anyone want this kind of inappropriate text to be "a model or pattern to be
copied or imitated."

According to A Conservative Edge, this is an excerpt from the book “Hugo and Felicia stripped in their room, dissolving easily into one another, and made love against the whitewashed walls. Hugo bit Felicia’s breast and left purplish bands of bruises on her upper thighs. He knelt before her in the tub and massaged black Spanish soap between her legs. He entered her repeatedly from behind.Felicia learned what pleased him. She tied his arms above his head with their underclothing and slapping him sharply when he asked.“You’re my bitch,” Hugo said, groaning.” Education activist Donna Garner provides the following commentary:"Yes, Dreaming in Cuban by Cristina Garcia is indeed recommended in the Common Core Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects.” Is anyone appalled by this?

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AZ Conservative

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