What is Common Core English All About?

Stop Common CoreIn a previous article “What Exactly Is Common Core?” I went into some detail about what the Common Core Initiative is. In this article I will start to explain the English Common Core Standards. Rather than go through the standards line by line, I found it a bit more interesting and informative to talk about how and what is being applied in todays class room.

With this being said lets dive right in to what I feel are some of the most devastating standards that are being applied to reading and writing. I will start with a simple question. How much reading and how much writing are our children doing under the Common Core Standards?

Common Core requires that 50% of the schools literary material to be replaced with government informational text. What does this mean, well let’s go into more detail.

Instead of reading good American literature, the students will be reading informational text such as Obama’s Executive orders and documents about manmade Global Warming. In fact, according to one of the validators of Common Core, up to 75% of the informational text will be about manmade Global Warming and America’s role in the destruction of our planet.

Stop Common CoreCommon Core also lowers the overall amount of reading by 50% and has our children writing before reading, it has them writing more than they are reading as well. Why would the standard require this? What are they writing about if they are not reading? Answer: Whatever philosophical and sociological position the government gives them. If I had only one word to describe this standard, that word would be Indoctrination.

For example, this is a Common Core assignment given to 3rd graders in Wisconsin.

“Explain how the government is just like the family but better.”

With this one assignment you can see why I stated in an earlier article,

“Common Core effectively removes the individual from the educational experience and family to make them a product of the government.”

To reiterate, 50% of the reading in class is to be from informational texts, children are writing before reading, children are writing more than reading. What informational text you ask? Let’s look at some of the informational text that our children will be reading. (Just a reminder that this is in English class)

    • Science Grade 9/10
      Recommended Levels of Insulation
      A report released in 2010 by the U.S. EPA & U.S. Department of Energy
    • Science, Math, & Tech. Subject Grade 10/11
      Obamas Own Executive order 13423
      Strengthening federal Environmental, Energy & Transportation Management
    • The Evolution of the Grocery Bag
      Just to make it clear, paper and plastic are both bad and America is destroying our planet.

As I stated earlier in this article there is still going to be some but very little literature. Are you curious as to what literature that our children will be reading? The majority of the literature is violent, graphic, sexual in nature and radical in terms of sexual deviancy and homosexuality.

The Bluest EyeHere is one of the many inappropriate, graphic, sexual and violent books that our children will be tasked with reading. “The Bluest Eye – Toni Morrison

The Bluest Eye is about a 12 year old girl that is a victim of rape and incest and over the course of her relationship with her tormentor, she comes to bond with him and writes in exceedingly graphic terms about their relationship.

The following text has been assigned to grades 10-11 but has been found to be assigned as early as 8th grade, it has even been taught by Catholic schools.

Warning – The following UNEDITED graphic excerpts cover incest, rape and pedophilia…

Click to read explicit excerpts from The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

According to Dr. Duke Pesta,

“This book, we would not have assigned to freshman in college.”

There is another book that is equally violent, sexual and graphic in nature, “Dreaming in Cuban”. I was unable to get my hands on this book so I am unable to physically verify the claims.

Dr. Sandra Stotsky, who was the only English Language Arts Specialist, who was called in to look at the curriculum by the Common Core voted NO to Common Core. She stated,

“There are forty different books in Common Core that are graphically sexual beyond what we would allow college kids to read”

“Common Core English will set our kids 2 years behind the 2 years their already behind the rest of the world, when it comes to reading and writing”

Stotsky also testified against Common Core along with the only Math Specialist, Ret. Stanford University Math Professor James Milgram. Of course Professor Milgram also voted NO to Common Core and also spoke out against it. Milgram stated,

“It’s an absolute joke to think Common Core math will prepare your kids for college careers”

The scariest part about the above quote is that Jason Zimba, the writer of the Common Core standard, recently agreed with Milgram’s statement.

Lets not forget that on top of all this our children will be taught the “National Sexuality Education Standards” during primary subjects such as in Math and English. College students that are pursuing a career as a math or Administering The National Sexuality Education Standardsenglish professor are already having modules added to their course work to teach them how to teach the “National Sexuality Education Standards”. More on this in a later article…

There is much more to cover within the Common Core English Standards. I wanted to touch on what and how much our children will be reading and writing in this article. I also wanted to touch on just how inferior these standards are. To write about the complete English standard will take page upon page of text. I plan to go into more detail in up and coming articles.

My next article will be on the “Common Core Math Standards“. There is so much to cover with Common Core that it is going to take several ongoing articles just to get a full understanding of the current standards and even more articles in an effort to keep all the information up to date.

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Please share this series of article, we need to work together to stop Common Core. Our plans are to educate and inform as many people as possible, untimely repealing the Common Core Initiative. I personally, being from AZ, plan to petition the state of AZ to remove the Common Core Initiative. We can win this, one person at a time, one school at a time and one state at a time but it will take some effort.

LINKS:
What is Common Core Series:

What Exactly Is Common Core?
What is Common Core English All About?
What Is Common Core Math All About?
Common Core And The “National Sexuality Education Standards”
Common Core Standards – Data Collection and Mining
Common Core – What can I do? (Coming Soon)

Forms:

CCSS Parent Opt Out Form
Opt Out of CCSS Letter (WORD DOCX Format)
Opt Out of CCSS Letter (Adobe PDF Format)

Documents:

Common Core References
National Sexuality Education Standards
Info/Progress Chart
Promoting Grit, Tenacity, and Perseverance

 

 

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Please allow me to introduce myself, My name is Johnathan W. Carroll a 12 year resident of Tucson, Arizona. I am a registered Republican but consider myself a Libertarian / Constitutionalist. I am an activist so you may see me on a corner supporting Grassroot political activity. I am the founder of “TechSoft Systems“, providing “IT” services to local and remote clients, Founder of “The Free Republic” and the cofounder of “Prevent Common Core“. I have several interests ranging from music and movies to firearms, technology and higher learning. The most significant interests, that spawned my passion and ultimately brought to reality, “Prevent Common Core“, are my fight for Liberty and Freedom, my inexorable thirst for knowledge and most important my love for my family. Click HERE for more about me.

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4 thoughts on “What is Common Core English All About?

  1. This is pure nonsense. Take it from an Arizona high school English teacher.

    CC doesn’t require that “50% of the schools [sic] literary material be replaced with government informational text.” The standards are clear that “the ELA classroom must focus on literature (stories, drama, and poetry) as well as literary nonfiction.” CC standards do recommend that students across grade level read a greater amount of complex authentic texts, but this does not affect the English class.

    There is no recommended or required CC reading list. Appendix B contains some text exemplars that illustrate what kind of complexity teachers should be striving for at each level. As always, teachers, schools, districts and states decide what gets read.

    All of this author’s other claims are equally ludicrous.

    Please do NOT believe me. If you truly care about education, and don’t want to be swayed by progaganda, read the standards themselves.

    http://www.corestandards.org/ELA-Literacy/

  2. First thank you for your comment Stefano,
    On Page 5 of the Standards taken directly from the link that you provided. It states that CC will align with NAEP. What does this mean? 4th grade reading is to be 50% Informational and 50% Literature. By 8th grade this changes to 55/45 then by 12th grade this further changes to 70/30 respectively. The standards do state that most of the reading of the informational text will need to be in other subjects but by taking a look at New York and Florida we can get a pretty good idea as to what is happening in reality.

    Sandra Stotsky which was the only English Specialist brought on to validate the Common Core Standards, stated that 75% of the informational text will be government texts. Arizona has not fully implemented CC yet, just wait until they have. To see this in action take a look at Florida and/or New York as they will give a snapshot of what is to come across America including Arizona.

    Sandra Stotsky,

    “There are forty different books in Common Core that are graphically sexual beyond what we would allow college kids to read”

    “Common Core English will set our kids 2 years behind the 2 years their already behind the rest of the world, when it comes to reading and writing”

    Again this is from the ONLY Common Core English validator. Dr. Stotsky had a list of Common Core recommended books that she has reviewed and expressed her concerns on. In fact she has testified to the fact that there are several books recommended for grade school children that educators would not introduce to college students.

    Dr. Stotsky and Dr. Milgram, whom also served on the Common Core Validation committee, laid claim that the Common Core Standards will not get our children college ready. Jason Zimba, the lead writer of the Common Core standard has in fact agreed that the standards will not ready a child for college during a testimony where Dr. Stotsky was also present, taken directly from the mouth of the horse, so to speak.

    As far as my claims and your claim of propaganda:
    Everything in the articles has come from parent experiences, the CC standards, the Common Core validation Committee as well as several educators in key states and cities that have fully implemented CC. I gained a great deal of pertinent information form several trials that have been held in the interest of stopping/preventing the Common Core Initiative. These trials provide a plethora of sworn testimony as to the reality and facts in and around the Common Core Initiative.

    As far as Arizona is concerned, I will do everything in my power to STOP CC in AZ.

    1. 1. We aren’t discussing what Florida and New York are doing with their curriculum. We are discussing what Common Core standards are. The standards are clear that the 50% is across grade level, not in an English class.

      2. As I said before, teachers, schools, districts, and states decide what schoolchildren read. There is no Common Core reading list, and no Common Core recommended books, so your claim of government texts, pornography etc. is absurd. I doubt that the Stotsky quote is really from Stotsky–she wouldn’t misspell “college” as “collage.” And she too knows that there is no official Common Core reading list. If you know of one, produce it.

      3. There are at least three English language specialists on the validation committee in addition to Sandra Stotsky. http://www.corestandards.org/assets/CommonCoreReport_6.10.pdf

      4. Dr. Milgram has said that the standards are “90 percent better than the state standards they replace.” (see below). He and Sandra Stotsky would have preferred to have their way, but unanimity on a committee is rare. Dozens of specialists on the work teams and validation committees support the standards. A handful do not. No news here.

      5. Jason Zimba describes in this link how he has been misquoted. Here are his words: “The Common Core State Standards for Mathematics are a blueprint for a strong mathematical education. They do this by first erecting a focused, coherent staircase in grades K–8, and then in high school calling for students to learn the math they need for college (recognizing that STEM majors need more, and so do students who want to meet the admissions criteria of top colleges). If students want to go further and gain the additional mathematics they need for STEM majors or admission to a top university, the Common Core, implemented faithfully, will help more of them to do so.”http://edexcellence.net/commentary/education-gadfly-daily/common-core-watch/2013/what-i-learned-about-the-common-core-state-standards-when-i-testified-in-indiana.html

      Your ‘facts’ are demonstrably false, as a reading of the standards and of the actual words of critics and supporters demonstrates. A two-minute conversation with an actual teacher of math or English would have cleared up your misunderstanding of Common Core. I hope you will stop perpetuating these falsehoods, but I have followed too many of these blogs to believe that you will actually do so.

  3. Hello once again Stefano,
    I’m just going to tackle your statements as you presented them.

    1. We aren’t discussing what Florida and New York are doing with their curriculum. We are discussing what Common Core standards are. The standards are clear that the 50% is across grade level, not in an English class.

    “I have to disagree. In order to get a realistic view of how the standards are going to be implemented across the US we need to look at some of the states that have been using the standards the longest. NY and FL have been using the CCS long enough for us to see how they are being applied and affecting our children. I feel that these states are a great predictor to what we can expect from CC. What the standards say and how they are applied is a better predictor than each individually.

    The 50/50 split or 50% informational and 50% literature is 70/30 by grade 12. Regardless of this being across the board our children will be reading less literature and more informational text. Again I have to reflect upon the standards and the implementation to see how much reading is actually literature. The numbers in FL and NY are not good according to parents and some educators that I have spoken with.”

    2. As I said before, teachers, schools, districts, and states decide what schoolchildren read. There is no Common Core reading list, and no Common Core recommended books, so your claim of government texts, pornography etc. is absurd. I doubt that the Stotsky quote is really from Stotsky–she wouldn’t misspell “college” as “collage.” And she too knows that there is no official Common Core reading list. If you know of one, produce it.

    “I was referring to the exemplar text within the CCS (Appendix B). The exemplar text are being used in FL and NY, hence the reason I feel the need to closely monitor these states. Once again, they are a predictor of what we can expect across the country once CC is fully implemented. The problem that I am trying to get across is not fully the fault of the CCS but also in its implementation. The combination of the two is a monstrosity of epic proportions that threatens the very fabric off the Constitution. Anyway, The Bluest Eye is a book listed in the exemplar text of the CCS. The quote from Stotsky was also in reference to the exemplars. – Minus the spelling mistake of course. Your reference to pornography is a pretty good descriptor when you combine the exemplar text and National Sexuality Education Standards.”

    3. There are at least three English language specialists on the validation committee in addition to Sandra Stotsky. http://www.corestandards.org/assets/CommonCoreReport_6.10.pdf

    “Interesting, I will look into this a bit more.”

    4. Dr. Milgram has said that the standards are “90 percent better than the state standards they replace.” (see below). He and Sandra Stotsky would have preferred to have their way, but unanimity on a committee is rare. Dozens of specialists on the work teams and validation committees support the standards. A handful do not. No news here.

    “He also stated that an earlier model of the CCS is better than the standards released, the math standards are severely lacking, as well as calling CC Math a joke in referencing college ready.

    I don’t see the validation committee as dozens that voted for the CCS compared to a handful against. I see 5 of 30 or 16.7% opposed. I can only imagine the amount of pressure that was applied to the validation committee to give it the seal of approval. 16.7% is a rather large number opposed to the CCS especially in consideration of the pressure to sign off.”

    5. Jason Zimba describes in this link how he has been misquoted. Here are his words: “The Common Core State Standards for Mathematics are a blueprint for a strong mathematical education. They do this by first erecting a focused, coherent staircase in grades K–8, and then in high school calling for students to learn the math they need for college (recognizing that STEM majors need more, and so do students who want to meet the admissions criteria of top colleges). If students want to go further and gain the additional mathematics they need for STEM majors or admission to a top university, the Common Core, implemented faithfully, will help more of them to do so.”http://edexcellence.net/commentary/education-gadfly-daily/common-core-watch/2013/what-i-learned-about-the-common-core-state-standards-when-i-testified-in-indiana.html

    “I was referring to a hearing where Zimba and Stotsky argued their points about the standards being college ready. Zimba stated that Stosky’s idea of college ready was geared towards selective colleges. She was able to flip the table around and showed that the standards only prep a child for non-selective colleges, in which Zimba agreed. She was able to show that Zimba’s idea of collage ready was geared around a set of none selective colleges with several of the students needing remedial courses. At the same hearing only a couple of sentences before the above, Zimba also firmly agreed that the CCS is not STEM oriented and will not prep our children for STEM career paths.

    For the record the Fordham institute (your link) is one of the many gates funded organizations.”

    Your ‘facts’ are demonstrably false, as a reading of the standards and of the actual words of critics and supporters demonstrates. A two-minute conversation with an actual teacher of math or English would have cleared up your misunderstanding of Common Core. I hope you will stop perpetuating these falsehoods, but I have followed too many of these blogs to believe that you will actually do so.

    “As for your last paragraph, thank you for your opinion. I feel that I have successfully argued the points in this article. I am merely showing what is happening with the implementation of this monetary. I have yet to touch on the data collection, data mining, bribes, invasion of privacy, our children being used experimentally without the parents consent and many more controversial if not illegal activities that are coming with the CCS.

    Again thank you for your comments but I must move on. I have a lot of upcoming events, articles and work to do.”

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