The Common Core Standards (CCS) contain a suggested list of reading examples for teachers to use to determine the type of texts they should include in their class. These lists normally contain the appropriate genres of novels, poetry and drama. The CCS have added a new genre to the list, adult. Not young adult reading selections, but the X-rated, adult type that many would consider pornography. Think I’m joking?
Macey France published an article which explores a CCS suggested reading text called The Bluest Eyes. She includes all the excerpts that are of an inappropriate sexual nature for children to read. I’m not in the habits of posting soft porn on this site, so you’ll have to go here to read it http://politichicks.tv/column/warning-graphic-common-core-approved-child-pornography/#7Q1T6JZChaKJLHW2.99 .
She quotes the author’s intent in choosing her writing style.
“In fact, the author of the book, Morrison, says that she wanted the reader to feel as though they are a “co-conspirator” with the rapist. She took pains to make sure she never portrayed the actions as wrong in order to show how everyone has their own problems. She even goes as far as to describe the pedophilia, rape and incest “friendly,” “innocent,” and “tender.”
That’s all we need for children who struggle in society to distinguish right from wrong. Rape and pedophilia made to seem “friendly,” just what American students didn’t need. This is what happens when states relinquish their right to form educational standards. Keeping it local is one step to avoid conflicting messages in our students education.