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Common Core: Porn for 10th graders

Dreaming-in-Cuban50 shades of government-controlled filth is not exactly what parents send their children to school for, is it?  Thanks to Common Core proponents, an erotic novel landed in the hands of 10th graders who had to read the book out loud in their Arizona classroom. When you read the excerpt, you will understand why parents are fuming. (NOTE – parts of this story could cause readers to stumble. Please proceed forewarned.)
Donna Garner over at EAGnews.org did a fantastic job covering the story, and thanks to her getting the word out, the embarrassed district did some mighty quick backpedaling.   Here is her article:

SIERRA VISTA, Ariz.  – The following e-mail was sent to me yesterday:

          Subject: Porn at Buena High School in Sierra Vista, Arizona

Below is a picture and an excerpt out of the book Dreaming in Cuban by Cristina Garcia.

          This is a 10th grade literature book that was used in my son’s class at Buena High School in Sierra Vista, Arizona.  The whole class read this book out loud during class. Everyone in the class had a copy of this book.

          This book was recommended by Common Core Curriculum.

          The following excerpt is taken from page 80:

“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.

“In the morning he left, promising to return in the summer.”

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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.

Because the Common Core Standards Initiative ties teachers’ evaluations to the scores their students make on the Common Core assessments, teachers are pressured to teach the Common Core Text Exemplars and Sample Performance Tasks (Appendix B).

Dreaming in Cuban” is found on page 152 of this recommended list:  PAGE 152 — Garcia, Cristina. Dreaming in Cuban. New York: Random House, 1993. (1992) — From “The Languages Lost: Six Days in April”

Along with this information in Appendix B is a link to which teachers and students are to refer: Media Text — Portal to selected interviews with author Cristina García.

By directing teachers and students to the interview with Cristina Garcia, it is easy to see that Common Core becomes basically a marketing tool to launch Cristina Garcia’s latest book – King of Cuba – which undoubtedly has more pornographic, raunchy, inappropriate, lascivious, prurient, and sexualized language in it.

Common Core recommends that teachers teach many multicultural, politically correct books and gives teachers and students web links to authors’ sites, thus influencing students to purchase more books by these same authors.

With Common Core demanding that teachers teach informational text from 50% to 70% of the time, the time-honored, character-building classics will be dropped because they take large blocks of time to teach.  In their place, offensive, sexualized books such as Dreaming in Cuban will take over students’ classrooms (and their minds).

Not only are such books highly offensive to those who hold traditional values (e.g., belief in personal responsibility, self- discipline, respect for authority, self-control, a solid work ethic, respect for other people, traditional marriage), but they also serve a purpose for those who are trying to indoctrinate this and future generations to hate America and to trash American exceptionalism.  A steady diet of portraying ethnic/racial characters always as victims and saturating these books with gutter language is bound to warp students’ minds.

Please go to the following two articles to learn more:

The first article is called “A Monstrous Story for a Monstrous Curriculum: The Ugly Heart of Common Core.” It was written by Dana R. Casey, a high-school English teacher, who explains exactly how the Common Core Standards can warp vulnerable teenagers’ minds, setting them up to accept the next wave of anti-American sentiment.

The second article is to a similar one that I wrote:  “The Perfect Plan To Destroy America: Nationalize Education.”

Please visit EAGnews.org for more

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51 Responses to “Common Core: Porn for 10th graders”

  1. 3single (dot) com is a great site. It also has live chat so you can chat to other people online. Good luck.

    January 23, 2014 at 12:09 PM
  2. R #

    Education should not be a direct, one-way pushing of ideas. It should be a free exchange of viewpoints, and it should help students develop critical thinking skills that will lead them to a better awareness of the world, themselves, and their role(s) in the world. In reading the long line of commentary on this one article, I witness what should be happening in the classroom…and it all started with the "pornographic, raunchy, inappropriate, lascivious, prurient, and sexualized language" of Christina Garcia. Bravo! (P.S. The Common Core requirement "that teachers teach informational text from 50% to 70% of the time," will not mean the classics will be replaced by books like Dreaming in Cuban. Dreaming in Cuban is a work of fiction and not an informational text. Fiction, in general, will play a smaller role under Common Core; however, the increase in informational texts will be partially picked up by non-language arts classes, as the textbooks in science, math, history, etc. are informational. The main change–as I see it in my schools–is increased reading and writing required outside of the language arts classroom. More bravo!)

    December 11, 2013 at 11:52 PM
  3. Fran Dunham #

    It's not Common "Core…"
    It's Common (as in despicable) "CRAP!"

    November 30, 2013 at 1:37 AM
  4. Ann Coraggio #

    I'll be definitely praying for that garbage to be kept out of the curriculum.

    November 28, 2013 at 4:50 AM
  5. cm #

    I wanna see the glee club put on the play.
    I mean if we had to do Shakespeare, then dammit I wanna see this.

    November 27, 2013 at 4:59 AM
  6. Tina Groom #

    Have the schools and teachers gone off the deep end?!?! This book, or should I say the excerpt that I read was simply put…downright inappropriate content for any school age child/teen to read. As a parent, I would never allow my child to read such graphic material. This book and probably many more are going against what we parents are teaching our children about being responsible and productive young adults. All these "core curriculum" changes are going to create irresponsibility in today's youth. As if there isn't enough already??? How long till we have another teen pregnancy outbreak??? I sincerely hope that all parents stand up to their schools and demand that material like this not to be allowed to be taught. PARENTS, it is up to us to not allow such material to be taught to our children. It's very obvious that the educators do not realize the ramifications of allowing such materials to be taught to OUR children. One last question/food for thought. Do you think the schools are going to help out us parents when our children end up with child? My answer is a big no, they will turn it back on us.

    November 26, 2013 at 2:04 PM
  7. I believe this to be dispicable! And, when you start having more student/teacher relationships? WE CAN THEN BLAME & SUE COMMON CORE! Just another reason why our children & schools are changing for the worst! Where did the true heart of America go?!?!? Prayer & now The Pledge of Allegiance is now at risk of being ripped away from our children! If these MORANS think for one minute that this is going to make our children have less morals & show more disrespect towards our country & people? THEY'RE CORRECT! YOU'RE INTENTIONALLY HELPING DESTROY OUR SCHOOLS & CHILDREN BY ALLOWING THIS TO INFILTRATE OUR SCHOOLS! SHAME ON THE PERSON/PERSONS/COMPANY WHO WOULD OF THOUGHT THAT COMMON CORE WAS IN THE BEST INTEREST OF OUR CHILDREN? TRULY HAVE (0) ZERO MORALS & IS CORRUPT! IF YOU THINK FOR (1) ONE MINUTE THAT THE PARENTS OR ANY AMERICAN IS GOING TO TOLERATE THIS? IS INSANE!

    November 26, 2013 at 11:36 AM
  8. Lilac de Nubia #

    I understand why parents might disapprove of this, but then again, we've only seen one paragraph. Is the rest of the book like this? Was this an isolated chapter or was this the general climate of the book?

    November 22, 2013 at 4:53 AM
  9. krystal #

    I get that this is not a book that parents feel their kids should read in school but do you seriously think your 10 grader has not already read books like this on there own. I agree classics should be read but thats not just the teachers job. If you think your kid should read a certain book then buy it for them

    November 22, 2013 at 3:24 AM
  10. Valerie #

    I can't believe the responses on this thread. Just proves the following verses are true.

    John 3:18 "He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 "This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. 20 "For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.…

    November 20, 2013 at 2:18 AM
  11. S Jager #

    This doesn't surprise me. My son's 9th grade class read/class discussed "The Perks of Being aWalkflower." This book descriptively chronicles drug use, suicide, and incest. Very descriptively. I don't agree with censorship or banning but I do believe in common sense and age appropriate – these books don't fit either category.

    November 20, 2013 at 12:06 AM
  12. JMW #

    I posted this to a friend on FB– but really… Sex infiltrates a ton of literature… just about all of Shakespeare: http://flavorwire.com/…/brush-up-your-shakespea… What about The Diary of Ann Frank? where there are descriptions of her vagina that are so descriptive that I won't even post them here? I read Ann Frank in 9th grade Catholic School…. there is sex in literature everywhere. Dirty, nearly pornographic sex in tons of the literature that children read and have read for generations. But our generation seems to have missed that–cannot help but wonder if they *did* the reading they were assigned in high school!?! I am all for the discussion about CC which has issues, but I am wary and concerned about the articles like this that express this concern about literature and sexuality, when well… again. Did you *read* Ann Frank? I believe it was NYS required reading when we were all in 9th grade. It's not the literature that I think needs to be discussed, but the issues related to *high stakes testing* and the real issues are going to get lost in translation if this is the way anti-CCers approach this, because you're working in logical fallacies…

    November 19, 2013 at 4:28 PM
  13. AmySue #

    And they remove the bible from school. Nice. I love this place!

    November 19, 2013 at 8:32 AM
  14. Ruth #

    I don't really see whats so bad about it, I agree with Eric on this one. For me, high school wasn't all that long ago (I graduated in 08) and many of my friends (and me) could have used frank, open discussions on sex and not just the science part, but the emotions and consequences that go with it. I can't judge the book based on one paragraph, but upon reading a plot synopsis, the girl in paragraph learns the hard way about promiscuity. In fact it seems, anytime pre marital sex happens in the book, it ends badly for the woman involved. Based on what I've seen, it doesn't glorify sex, but makes its consequences clear. Perhaps a bit graphic for younger highschoolers, but still, sex in and of itself shouldn't be banned from the classroom, considering that where kids spend a huge chunk of their time. If they don't have a good grip on sex and its consequences from school, they may make mistakes further down the road. I l know I've personally seen it.

    November 19, 2013 at 3:45 AM
  15. Megan #

    If you are seriously freaking out over the GRAPHIC nature of this paragraph, I seriously doubt you could produce offspring, let alone any capable of understanding it.

    November 19, 2013 at 2:21 AM
  16. Angela Wisby #

    This is absolutely WRONG, GOD HELP US ALL, FORGIVE OUR COUNTRY AND WHAT IT IS BECOME. Taking our children's innocents.

    November 18, 2013 at 10:30 AM
  17. Pedro #

    All I know is that I would have had a HUGE erection if I heard these words. I wouldn't have been able to get up and leave the classroom without untucking my shirt.

    October 1, 2013 at 4:42 AM
  18. Brent #

    Yea, what Eric said. Most of you may have been morons in the tenth grade (and apparently still are), but some of use would have appreciated some real discussions on sex that didn't come from the pages of Cosmo. I'm trying to understand the issue here. I see a lot of people who don't understand the point of art. Art is not a hand-book for living. Just as one does not emulate what one sees on T.V., one does not emulate what one reads in a book by virtue of simply having been exposed to it. Has anyone asked the tenth graders what they think about it?
    For the record, I'm a hardcore follower of Jesus, and this by no means conflicts with any of his teachings. Judging, on the other hand, does.
    Tired Filthy Minds – you aren't nearly as smart as you think you are. Personally, I am tired of our sex-obsessed pop-culture. If you want garbage, read a Cosmo. I don't know the context of this excerpt, I'd have to read the entire book before I could comment on the value of such a passage, but then, its not really my place because its not my art. Reading the excerpt does make me uncomfortable, and I suspect it is because in our culture we're very sexually repressed, at least we pretend to be (just look at everyone's response to a very real scenario, likely happening this very second in many homes as I type this). Meanwhile behind the scenes everyone's a sexual deviant, so to speak. I think it would be more productive to bring sex out into the light than leave it in the shadows where everyone's just doing their own thing. Sex is a very large part of a lot of people's lives and ignoring that is foolish.
    In conclusion – a lot of you are sheltered prudes and God save us from your ignorance.

    October 1, 2013 at 3:52 AM
  19. "Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffering persecution. But evil men and impostors will grow worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived." 2 Timothy 3:12-13

    I've been exhorting and encouraging my brethren to be rigorous and exceedingly diligent in examining themselves before the Lord by the Light of His truth, with their hope fixed on the grace that is to come at the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ, because we are in the throes of exceeding wickedness, in which those who are caught up in the wickedness of this age will be intoxicated by it and drown in it.

    As God's word warns us, it is time to "Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins and lest you receive of her plagues." (Revelation 18:4). We must be prepared to suffer persecution if we are to live godly in this wicked generation because you cannot hide a light, and the world hates the light.

    If you are going to live godly in this generation, you are going to stick out like a sore thumb, and more so, those who hate the light will seek to extinguish that Light which is in you (which Light is Christ by the power of His Holy Spirit), but they cannot overcome the Light!

    All I can say in response to this article is to encourage my brethren to gird themselves, setting all their hope, heart, desire, love, faith, trust, mind, strength, their all, on Jesus Christ. Be prepare to become joyful partakers of the tribulations of Jesus Christ!

    September 17, 2013 at 8:01 AM
  20. Eric #

    They had sex. 10th graders know what that is. Perhaps a lesson is learned by the girl in the book about promiscuity? If you understand literature, and the point of reading literature in school, then you understand that you can't decide something is "trash" just by reading a "sample". Wake up, people. Sex happens, and your kids are going to learn about it in or before 10th grade. Would you rather them learn about it exclusively from rap videos that demean women, or compliment that with lit class. Also, ask yourself this question: would you be more offended if you found out your kid was learning nothing? No, really. Don't say yes or no because it makes you right, because it doesn't matter if you're right on the internet. We don't know you. Don't say yes or no because it makes you liberal or conservative either. Think about the question, and think about what the answer really is, and if it is "no", then think about what that says about you as a parent.

    September 15, 2013 at 12:50 PM
  21. Yan #

    There are worst things in the Bible…

    September 14, 2013 at 4:32 AM
  22. Tired Filthy Minds #

    I am sick to death of having to be subjected to the filth that goes on in the minds of the people who write this garbage. They have limited literary skill and talent so they have to fill the pages with something. The truly gifted, artistic and creative do not have to lower themselves to this level of idiocy.

    And what moron could possibly think that a CHILD needs to read this worthless drivel?

    This type of sewage that they are purporting to be literature is an insult to the intelligence of even those with a minimal education.

    September 13, 2013 at 12:17 PM
  23. sam #

    By the time you are 10th grade, trust me, you have seen things that are much more visual and worst than this, and it does not necessarily come from school. I think trying there are more important matters, it would be waste of time spending time and resource to stop this. Educate your children at home, and they will do just fine. :

    September 13, 2013 at 6:27 AM
  24. Tom #

    So the Appendix says this: "The following text samples primarily serve to exemplify the level of complexity and quality that the Standards require all students in a given grade band to engage with. Additionally, they are suggestive of the breadth of texts that students should encounter in the text types required by the Standards. The choices should serve as useful guideposts in helping educators select texts of similar complexity, quality, and range for their own classrooms. They expressly do
    not represent a partial or complete reading list."

    Apparently, the authors of the article forgot to read that the reading list is a SAMPLE. I, personally, know of no teacher that would have their students read a book without having read it prior. This is shear lunacy on the teacher's part and is NOT a problem with Common Core.

    September 13, 2013 at 5:15 AM
  25. Extremely sad but NOT surprised by this filth, and look how they're trying to stop 'homeschooling' because they want to load the 'children' up with this mess? God help us. Pray earnestly for the Lord to intervene and stop them right away.

    September 12, 2013 at 6:35 PM