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Common Core English Language and Arts


Example 1 - Literature Indoctrination

Actual illustration of Common Core Curriculum English Language and Arts for 1st & 3rd grade. The theme throughout the books is "social advocacy" or "social justice" instead of writing. 


Example 2 Literature - "The Bluest Eye"

Common Core came under fire for its selection of a book that’s on the suggested reading list for 11th graders. The book, a past selection of Oprah’s Book Club, has graphic sex scenes and descriptions that make many readers blush.

The work in question comes from Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison who explains her motivation for 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.” It’s no wonder that this book is in the top 10 list of most contested books in the country.

When a Colorado mother, Sara Colburn discovered that her child had been given "The Bluest Eye" to read as literature, she read excerpts from the book during her public testimony to the Colorado Senate Education Committee.

The Sen
ate Education Committee was unaware that this book was part of the Common Core exemplar reading list. 

Listen to the audio clip of Sara Colburn reading excerpts from the book.


These excerpts were also read to the CO State School Board by Anita Stapleton.

Example 3 Literature - "Dreaming in Cuban"

An Arizona school district has pulled from its reading list a sexually explicit novel that is recommended as an "exemplar text" in the Common Core Standards. Parents and community members at Buena High School in Sierra Vista, Arizona expressed concern about the novel Dreaming in Cuban by Cristina Garcia.


Example 4 Literature - Holocaust Assignment

The Rialto school district in California is under fire over a stunning eighth-grade assignment that asked students to write an argumentative essay about the Holocaust and “whether or not you believe this was an actual event in history, or merely a political scheme created to influence public emotion and gain wealth.”

Example 5 (Several articles listed in the link below)

Dr. Sandra Stotsky is credited with developing one of the country’s strongest sets of academic standards for K-12 students as well as the strongest academic standards and licensure tests for prospective teachers while serving as Senior Associate Commissioner in the Massachusetts Department of Education from 1999-2003. 

She is also known nation-wide for her in-depth analyses of the problems in Common Core’s English language arts standards.   Her current research ranges from the deficiencies in teacher preparation programs and teacher licensure tests to the deficiencies in the K-12 reading curriculum and the question of gender bias in the curriculum. She is regularly invited to testify or submit testimony to state boards of education and state legislators on bills addressing licensure tests, licensure standards, and Common Core’s standards.

Link to several articles by Dr. Sandra Stotsky regarding the poor ELA Common Core State Standards

Articles Related to Common Core ELA


Article 1 - "Common Core ELA and Math Quick Facts"


Article 2 - "How Common Core Advocates Ignored Early Childhood Experts"

The fact is that Common Core advocates were warned about the developmental inappropriateness of the early childhood standards by experts in this field and they did nothing.

by Shane Vander Hart - Truth in American Education 

Link to Article