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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.”

Fire-between-them

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. 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 Reply
    • mike #

      Pray that the Lord will intervene, while sitting at home, waiting for it to happen? That may work for you, but that isn't going to stop it from happening, You have to intervene YOURSELF. Take responsibility, and stop asking a God to change it for you. I appreciate your faith, but that is what will change it is YOU doing something. All of us need to do something.

      November 30, 2013 at 10:47 AM Reply
  2. 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 Reply
    • Christine Cuttle #

      Whether it is a "sample" or not, it shouldn't be a recognized "sample" for any school age child as part of their curriculum. IOW…it shouldn;t be on the lsit to begin with, THAT's the point.

      September 13, 2013 at 6:26 AM Reply
    • Jerry Wescott #

      That's funny – can't you see this is only a caveat to keep this organization out of trouble in case someone complains? There are some teachers out there (the one in Arizona is case in point) who may well have read this trash anmd thought it amusing on some level to watch students leer, drool or squirm their way through his/her class.

      I think THIS BOOK SHOULD NOT BE RECOMMENDED IN ANY WAY AT ALL! But you're supporting it by saying what you said. I know what you said, but it isn't what you said, it is what you are supporting.

      September 13, 2013 at 6:25 PM Reply
    • Rev. Dr. Delane John #

      Guess again. It was the educator intent to establish pornographic thought magesinto the minds of their readers or they would have used wholesome, pure and acceptable stories.

      October 13, 2013 at 7:02 AM Reply
    • LS #

      I personally DO know of a teacher that would have a student read a book without having read it prior. My daughter's 10th grade Honors English teacher assigned a book as an alternate reading assignment. The teacher had read two chapters and thought it was a great book. In actuality, the book contained graphic depiction of raping a child — it went on, in detail, for 4-5 pages — as well as other inappropriate material. Fortunately, I DID read the entire book prior to my child reading it, so I was the only one who had to be subjected to it.

      November 19, 2013 at 3:21 PM Reply
    • Tom, as a teacher of 42 years, I have to reply that for you to say this is not a problem with Common Core is a typical liberal/progressive attitude. How about if they put in an example of one of the many classics that used the "N" word or made disparaging remarks about gays? I bet you would not think that was simply a matter for the teacher's discretion. No, you would be screaming bloody murder that that kind of filth should not be in the Common Core at all. If one is OK, the other is. Tom, you're an idiot! Now take a piece of paper and write 100 times, "I am a liberal/progressive idiot and do not have the brains to comment on any aspect of education."

      November 26, 2013 at 10:09 AM Reply
      • Michelle #

        That was worth reading. It made my day.

        November 27, 2013 at 4:42 PM Reply
  3. 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 Reply
    • Christine Cuttle #

      Seriously, Sam? You figure that since children are seeing worse than this just stop fighting the system and worry about "more important" things? Yes, our children ARE exposed to worse things and THAT needs to stop too. Just because worse things are happening doesn't mean we should disregard others. It's attitudes like that which are the basis of degradation of societal morals, standards and values. It's why we have std's and health issues, why we have depression & suicide, why we have pregnancies and abortions, why we have youth who care nothing for respecting others. Stop the filth that is on tv, in movies, in books, in advertising in music and expose them to healthy morals, standards and values and we have a healthy society.

      September 13, 2013 at 9:43 AM Reply
      • Jerry Wescott #

        History proves what you say. Look to the fall of Rome. Decadency prevailed over their former greatness, and the empire fell.

        September 13, 2013 at 6:34 PM Reply
    • Jerry Wescott #

      Just because crap exists does not mean we should spread it around. I'm a teacher, and school is not the place to have this crap peddled. Most parents realize that this stuff is unacceptable, so I'm assuming you aren't a parent yet – or at least you aren't an involved parent. It's funny how your attitude changes when you begin to care for a child.

      September 13, 2013 at 6:30 PM Reply
    • Niki #

      Sam, "trust me" that when I was in 10th grade, I had never read or viewed anything even close to the graphic sex scene described in this book. Maybe you raised your children to be exposed to that kind of filth, but my parents did not nor do I intend to. It should be our choice as parents how and when to expose our children to things of a sexual nature and the manner in which to go about it. Teach my children Math, English, Science, and History and I am grateful to you. But cross the line and expose my children to filth like this?? I don't think so.

      February 21, 2014 at 12:36 AM Reply
  4. 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 Reply
    • Jerry Wescott #

      Well said.

      September 13, 2013 at 6:31 PM Reply
  5. Yan #

    There are worst things in the Bible…

    September 14, 2013 at 4:32 AM Reply
    • sean #

      rubbish! What Bible are you reading?

      September 14, 2013 at 7:59 PM Reply
      • wroscoe #

        The Story of Sodom and Gamorrah: the daughters had sex with their father not only is it sex it is incest. worse than the story excerpt above.

        November 27, 2013 at 9:02 AM Reply
        • Erin #

          The bible story that you reference is of desprite girls who think the entire population has been wiped out, except for them and their father. In this time, there was nothing worse than to not have a proper burial when someone died. What they did was a last resort to help preserve their fate. Furthermore, incest wasn't condemned yet. That being said, the Bible IS full of super deep stories involving horrible things including down right genocide.

          November 27, 2013 at 9:53 AM Reply
          • Mang #

            Erin, you're defensive about a situation that did happened in the written text of the Bible. Regardless, it's there and is read and taught and spread by both parents and their church to their kids as young as 5 years old. The Bible has incest (children of Adam and Eve-implied and understood, Lot), war, murder (Moses), beheading (David and Goliath), crucifixion, etc… I'm not defending that 10th grader should be reading graphic filth but the teacher who was ordered to gave such material to their pupils should know better and can refuse based on his/her own moral ground.

            December 1, 2013 at 4:18 AM
  6. 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 Reply
    • M #

      The only problem I have with this comment is "perhaps a lesson is learned by the girl in the book about promiscuity"? This implies that it's HER fault that he was rough with her. To further demonstrate the point the author is trying to make, let's actually examine the excerpt from a literary standpoint:

      "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.”

      This excerpt demonstrates their relationship and the complexities that underlie it. It starts out with both Hugo and Felicia as equals, entering into lovemaking together, as partners. The walls are whitewashed to symbolize the beginning of their relationship, the purity of the place they are entering. Then it immediately shifts to "He" because Hugo has gained control. He bites her, he bruises her, he HURTS her. So then why does she stay? Because he immediately follows this abuse with the supplicant action of washing her, of trying to cleanse her and purge all the ugliness of his actions…but he symbolically does it with black Spanish soap. He is Spanish, she is Cuban; he washes her with something black, something "other", something that will never actually cleanse her and never actually bring her back to the purity of who she was when they entered that whitewashed room. He then enters her from behind, they are no longer equal partners, HE enters her, it is equal measures his pleasure, his enjoyments, and also her supplication. Importantly, this passage makes absolutely no mention of her enjoyment, of her pleasure, only what she LEARNS to PLEASE him; as their relationship progresses, she learns her supplicant place and all of her actions in this passage reflect this. She is dirty and gritty FOR HIM, not for herself. Even with his hands tied, he still puts her in her place, "You're my bitch" is a powerful statement that speaks of his ownership over her body even while her actions reflect his darkest pleasures.

      This is not a passage that is meant to be beautiful or alluring or sexual. This passage isn't even about sex; it is all about power. This isn't lovemaking, this is rape and it's stark and it's painful to read because it's MEANT to be. This is not a character that women want to be, this is a character who is being abused. In the context of the novel, this passage makes sense and adds a depth because of the pain that it portrays and the intricate and complex relationships founded not on love but on abuse and power. She stays because he washes her but he bathes her in his will, in him, his darkness. This passage isn't meant to arouse, it's meant to be vulgar and to disturb.

      I think it's important for women to understand their worth and this passage opens up a discussion for that. I'd much rather have my daughters read this than some trashy cosmo magazine that tells women they need to look a certain way, improve themselves, to please a man and reaffirm their self-worth. Moreover, it's important for men and women to understand the power that sex has to change a person. So much of pornography depicts women in similar supplicant situations where they are not equal players in sexual acts; they are objects, taken and abused at will. This novel is a tirade AGAINST those very acts! The real message of this passage is that men need to understand women are equal partners in a relationship and women need to understand their own self-worth because without that mutual respect and understanding, a relationship will fall to abuse.

      November 19, 2013 at 4:04 PM Reply
      • JMW #

        I wish I could "like" what you are saying here… not all art/literature is meant to be beautiful… but it is there to help us question the challenges of life and living.

        November 19, 2013 at 5:10 PM Reply
      • R #

        Thank you for posting something intelligent and thought provoking that, honestly, helped me come to terms about this topic. As a mom in my early 30s, I have to admit, my initial reaction was shock that this would be read in school by students of that age.
        However, being in my early 30s, it wasn't terribly long ago that I was a highschool student myself and I know how much I 'knew' about sex as a tenth grader. I mean heck I knew people who were having sex at that age.
        This comment helped me realize what 'exactly' was making me uncomfortable about this passage – and that is the passage itself. It describes the sexual scenarios many young girls file away as their first sexual experiences. The boys I went to school with had access to porn pre-internet so you better believe they have access to it now! Not to mention the sexual acts seen on TV or described in music. I would venture to say that most young sexual encounters are boys trying to recreate something they 'saw'. Therefore it probably demeans the girl (even if not as rough as described here). I also believe most first experiences have everything to do with the boy's pleasure, and very little, if anything to do with the girl's. Women often don't figure out their place in the pleasure aspect of sex until much later.
        Yes, this excerpt made me feel uncomfortable – uncomfortable because, like literature has the power to do, it put me in the place of empathy and understanding with what the character experienced – without having to experience it myself. If young girls could read this and be prodded to think about what a sexual experience means and what their place is in that experience – beyond just pleasing that boy they like – maybe we could change how some of them remember their 'first time'.

        November 27, 2013 at 3:35 AM Reply
      • Shinesman #

        You are frickin kidding right? You are probably one of the people who thinks when an autjor says "he lived in a blue house." What he really meant was, "the tearing pains of a youthful upbringing forced him into this lonesome shell of a life." Get a damn brain, if every book was so full of hidden messages the author would have to write an entire new book twice as long to explain every BS passage in the book. This example is just the author talking about an exchange in sexual relations plain and simple. People always try and justify inappropriate crap with BS explanations. And even if that's what the author was saying do you think a tenth grader is going to get that out of it? There are far better ways to get a point across, usually just stating the point. You don't have to put a damn sex scene in an english class. And for you who say kids know about it anyway…. that's fine, but how they learn about it or how they have it prtrayed to them is yheir parents choice. I know lots of folks who's kids know birds and bees but didn't use anytjing graphic to learn it. This whole ploy is damned garbage.

        November 27, 2013 at 5:24 AM Reply
    • Erin #

      To be brutally honest, when I was a senior at Langley High School back in the 90's, our literature teacher had us read "Like Water For Chocolate." I recall some steamy scenes in that book.

      November 27, 2013 at 9:57 AM Reply
  7. "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 Reply
  8. 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 Reply
    • Keith #

      I couldn't agree more with Eric and Ruth. To much effort is being wasted trying to prevent acknowledgement of sex in the highschool agegroups instead of educating them about it. We live in a era heavily saturated in sex. Whether you agree with it or not is irrelevant. It's out there and readily accessible and if individuals of the author's "traditional values" insist on procreating, I believe it has to be left to someone to educate their offspring on the dangers of doing so.
      You can't just remove one passage from a text and place a final judgment. If that were case, what of this little jewel:

      "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."
      Pushing an agenda are we?

      November 19, 2013 at 9:42 AM Reply
  9. 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 Reply
  10. 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 Reply
  11. 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 Reply
  12. 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 Reply
    • Shelly #

      Granted some of you think it's okay to let kids read this because "they've seen worse" or will "learn it on the streets" but I have serious issues with something that is going to make teenaged boys and girls (yes, at that age you're not adults) hornier! Why not Fifty Shades of Gray? Please, when you start actually teaching kids life skills like balancing a checkbook and how to write a resume, I may be on board with this but try teaching my child about sex in school without my permission and the wrath of the ticked off vet will fall. I have always and still am very open with my children and have serious problems with a stranger trying to tell them how it's done.

      November 19, 2013 at 7:19 AM Reply
    • R #

      Could not agree with you more. Yours is a well thought out and articulated reply.

      November 27, 2013 at 5:08 AM Reply
  13. AmySue #

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

    November 19, 2013 at 8:32 AM Reply
  14. 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 Reply
  15. 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 Reply
  16. 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 Reply
  17. 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 Reply
    • Tina Groom #

      I can say with absolute certainty that my child and nieces and nephews have not read material like this. It is not something that is appropriate at all. All books like this 1 should be left to the 18 and up age group. The schools have strict policies about religion, so lets take a page from that. Teaching out children that having relations at this age is appalling. What happened to abstinence and all that goes with that? I personally don't think it is at all appropriate and actually counterproductive to what we are trying to teach our children about sex. I for 1 do not want to see my child or other children in my family ending up with child. Promoting sex at that age (15 and 16 yr olds), is only creating a new problem.

      November 26, 2013 at 2:15 PM Reply
  18. 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 Reply
  19. 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 Reply
  20. 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 Reply
  21. 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 Reply
  22. Ann Coraggio #

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

    November 28, 2013 at 4:50 AM Reply
  23. Fran Dunham #

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

    November 30, 2013 at 1:37 AM Reply
  24. 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 Reply
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    January 23, 2014 at 12:09 PM Reply
    • I can't believe that nothing has been done about removing this book from the so called "core curriculum". All I have to say is my child will not be allowed to read such filth and brutality. This is not how a child should think a healthy relationship should be. These so called educators are a disgrace.

      January 23, 2014 at 2:07 PM Reply

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