Don't let it be said that you can't do something about Common Core at a local level...you can if you are eternally vigilant. Here is an example.
The trouble is that this action alone does little good since Common Core will still be in place. This book will undoubtedly be replaced by something equally offensive. (Isn't it odd that the left has no problem offending most of us but will sue when even one of them is offended).
The only real solution is to get our state legislatures to repeal their Common Core regulations and to stop the federal government from bribing the states with grant money.
SIERRA VISTA, Ariz. – A sexually explicit novel geared for young adults may be considered recommended reading by Common Core proponents, but Sierra Vista Unified school administrators have decided to pull “Dreaming in Cuban” by Cristina Garcia from its approved reading list.
The administrators’ decision was spurred by parents and community members who were upset the novel had been assigned to students in two Buena High School English classes.
According to one parent, students were asked to read portions of the novel out loud in class.
While Sierra Vista Unified parents can rest assured that more students won’t be exposed to the racy book in the district’s classrooms, parents in thousands of other Common Core-aligned schools districts don’t have that assurance. Since “Dreaming in Cuban” is considered an “exemplar” text, the book may find its way into numerous other classrooms in coming years.
The Sierra Vista Herald reports that Terri Romo, the district’s curriculum director, “contacted the Arizona Department of Education to find out how ‘Dreaming in Cuban,’ by Cristina Garcia, got on the list of Common Core recommendations.”
“She was told the exemplar texts are intended to show the correct reading level and are not recommendations for purchase,” the Herald reports.
Here’s an excerpt of the book’s most controversial passage, 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.”
Common Core opponent and blogger Donna Garner notes that the Common Core Standards Initiative “ties teachers’ evaluations to the scores their students make on the Common Core assessments.”
That, Garner says, puts pressure on educators to teach the Common Core Text Exemplars such as Garcia’s “Dreaming in Cuban.”
“With Common Core demanding that teachers teach informational text from 50% to 70% of the time..."