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Stop the Common Core Porn and F-Bombs in Your School

Common Core Porn Alert

A few weeks ago we featured a column by our friend Becky Garritson of the Wetumka, Alabama Tea Party sharing with CHQ readers her experience of being stopped from reading from a Common Core recommended work of “literature” (Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye) when testifying before the Alabama Senate’s Education Committee.

The reason Becky was stopped from reading from The Bluest Eye by the members of the Committee was not that they were necessarily supportive of Common Core or opposed to Becky’s point of view.

It was that they were embarrassed to have The Bluest Eye’s pornographic content read out loud in the hearing. (You can get the full text here, but just a warning: it is graphic and definitely not safe for work.)

You see, while The Bluest Eye is the story of an 8-year old black girl, it is also about rape, incest and pedophilia. One of the characters is a priest who likes having sex with little girls and the scenes are graphically described.  

As Garritson explained to the Alabama state Senators the “depictions are from the perpetrators point of view. The author wanted the reader to feel as though they were a ‘co-conspirator’ with the rapist. Author Toni Morrison describes the pedophilia, rape and incest as ‘friendly,’ ‘innocent,’ and ‘tender,’ but never as wrong.”

Author Toni Morrison and the titles of several of her books are promoted on page 1095 of the “Common Core Edition” of The American Experience: 1900-Present by Prentice Hall. One of Morrison’s books listed as recommended reading for 11th graders is The Bluest Eye.  

Prentice Hall’s The American Experience: 1900-Present is, according to Becky Garritson, the most widely used 11th grade literature textbook in Alabama. It or similar Prentice Hall products are also used in many other states, such as North Carolina.

However, if you want to determine if your state has approved The American Experience: 1900-Present for use in your school’s 11th grade literature class you may discover that the information is very difficult find.

The “Stop Common Core NC” website explains how difficult it is in the Tar Heel State:

Parents in North Carolina won’t find a “reading list” if they search the NC Department of Public Instruction website; they have to search under “Text Exemplars.”

The Bluest Eye was also mentioned at the NC General Assembly’s Common Core LRC meeting where public comment was given. The local media mocked people for mentioning it, yet didn’t bother to mention in their articles that this book is indeed on the NC recommended "Text Exemplars" list. The other book mentioned by Gerritson, The American Experience: 1900-Present by Prentice Hall, is not located on the DPI Text Exemplars list for NC.

If you wish to see what Prentice Hall is putting out for North Carolina, you can do so via PEARSON’S site. The items on the page there require you to download and execute a file. Under language arts, this file matches up to the book described by Gerritson: The American Experience ©2000 (Gr. 11).

Parents would not know this book is being used unless they went off the DPI site, onto Pearson’s and searched for it. What’s more, in order to figure out Pearson had this file, the writers for Stop Common Core NC had to Google for “American Experience, Prentice Hall, North Carolina.”

As George F. Will observed in his excellent column Doubts Over Common Core, “a candid characterization would reveal yet another Obama administration indifference to legality” and “what begins with mere national standards must breed ineluctable pressure to standardize educational content. Targets, metrics, guidelines and curriculum models all induce conformity in instructional materials.”

George Will is right and the only way to stop Common Core and the introduction of its F-bombs and pornography into your local schools is to do what Becky Garritson did; shine the light of public scrutiny on how far Common Core content deviates from the standards of your community. Start today by signing our petition “No Common Core F-Bombs, No Common Core Pornography In Our Schools!”

Here's a link to the "Stop Common Core NC" website article explaining how difficult it is to find out if your school is using The American Experience: 1900-Present by Prentice Hall.

Read George F. Will's column "Doubts Over Common Core" here.

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