Why are pimps and porn a part of Common Core?

I’m Just Sayin’

by SHEILA SMITH

The school assignment was straightforward enough: “How to Write a Check.” It’s something we all need to learn at some point in life, right?

The worksheet featured the image of a blank check and instructed students where particular information should be written: The month, day and year; the name of the person or business receiving the check; and the note to remember what the check was written for, etc.

I had a similar lesson years ago when I was a freshman in high school. This particular assignment, however, was sent home with second grade students in Terrebonne Parish. An image of the worksheet was sent to me by a lifelong friend who lives there with her husband and children.

An eight-year-old learning to write a check makes complete sense. I know every other Friday, when I go to my bank’s drive-thru to deposit my paycheck, there is always a line of elementary children on bicycles waiting to handle business with their checking accounts. Just Monday, I ran into a 10-year-old who was applying for a consolidation loan to pay off mounting concession stand debts.

That check-writing assignment is actually one of the least ridiculous aspects of Common Core, a nation-wide education reform that is supposed to make American children smarter and make them college-ready. The idea of strengthening American education is admirable and, I agree, many of our students do need better education. However, any idea seems great in theory; even Communism seems great in theory. Implement Communism, though, and see how well it works.

I could go into so many of Common Core’s miserable aspects but what I want to focus on now is the absolute trash being fed to our kids in public schools. (And, might I add, since public schools are funded by tax dollars, you and I are personally paying for this trash to be taught.)

Just last month, Brittney Badeaux, whose nine-year-old son attends Eaton Park Elementary in Abbeville, went to the media after her child came home with an assignment that discussed pimps and ‘mobstaz’ (or, “mobsters”, for those of us who were educated pre-Common Core and understand the value of proper grammar and spelling). The assignment discussed the fact that related words are used in real-world contexts. For example, the assignment explained what a tornado is, and that it is also referred to as a twister. It then continued to explain that there is also a dance called “The Twist”, then explained another word for “The Twist” could be written as “dancing.”

You might already be thinking, “This is the dumbest assignment. What does a natural disaster have to do with Chubby Checker?”

I agree. However, after the assignment explained “twister” – but before it segued into “The Twist” – it also explained that a twister, when ignorantly misspelled as “Twista,” can be the name of a rap star – a real rap star who, “in 1997, after appearing on Do or Die’s hit ‘Po Pimp,’…was signed to Atlantic Records. Under that label he released ‘Adrenaline Rush’ and formed the group Speedknot Mobstaz…’ That was the actual definition of the non-word “Twista” on a Common Core-approved assignment.

Vermilion Parish School Superintendent Jerome Puyau told radio station KPEL the supplemental material was pulled from a national database. “Are these students going to see this on the shelves in our department stores?” he asked. “And the answer is yes. If you search it, the first thing that comes up is the actual song (“Po Pimp”). This is real-world.”

Well, if that’s the case, I can’t wait to see the list of singers and songs mentioned when science and English classes explain real-world uses of other terms for “female dog.”

Common Core assignments get even more interesting, however. In the Bryant School District in Arkansas, according to examiner.com, the mother of a sixth-grader discovered her daughter and other students were given a team assignment to revise the Bill of Rights. The assignment was to assume the government determined the Bill of Rights “is outdated and may not remain in its current form any longer.” (Of course, that idea isn’t so far-fetched in today’s America). The students were then supposed to write two new amendments to replace two “previous” – er, current – rights.

Anyway, the sixth graders were to pretend they were experts on the Constitution and Bill of Rights and ensure that “the pursuit of happiness remains guarded in the 21st century.”

(By the way – “the pursuit of happiness” is written in the Declaration of Independence, not the Constitution. Way to educate, Common Core.)

So while the elementary students are learning to write checks and who is the “artist” behind “Po Pimp,” and middle school kids are being encouraged to overthrow the government, what are high school students doing?

Oh, they’re just reading porn.

One of the many books on Common Core’s approved and suggested reading list for juniors is Toni Morrison’s “The Bluest Eye.” The book focuses on a very young girl who is emotionally and physically abused by friends and family and believes she is ugly because she doesn’t measure up to society’s standards.

As a lover and supporter of literature, I believe the overall lesson in Morrison’s book is relatable to any person and that the book has its place in society. A public school classroom is not the place, however.

That’s because Morrison’s book is filled with graphic descriptions of rape, incest and molestation; graphic to the point that, by this newspaper’s standards, I cannot publish some of the excerpts. If you want to see what Common Core is suggesting we pay to put on high school bookshelves, you can read some excerpts at http://politichicks.tv/column/warning-graphic-common-core-approved-child-pornography/

I warn you, though, the scenes are quite graphic, especially when you consider Common Core believes it is fitting for a school assignment.

If anything, Common Core is not so much educational as it is bizarre and a major waste of money. I am personally thankful that at this point in life, I have no children.

Of course, now I am better understanding why so many parents would rather home-school their children.

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