September 2, 2013
Common Core Update: Pornographic Reading Assignment, The Bluest Eye
Promoters of Common Core keep telling us that students will be reading The Constitution and the Gettysburg Address. We worry, of course, what the class discussion will be. And what else will students be reading?
Public schools have long assigned inappropriate books for student reading. The Bluest Eye has been on high school reading lists for some time, having been endorsed by Oprah Winfrey. Common Core continues to want students to read this book, which the author says is intended to cause reader to identify as a “co-conspirator” with the pedophile. I have read excerpts, and I suggest you avoid that exercise if you can. Certainly no young, unmarried person should be exposed to such pornography.
Students in the Alpine UT district were given a list of books to be read over the summer, which included The Bluest Eye, and some students did read it. What sadness I feel for those students.
Here are some links if you want to know more:
Fox Channel 13TV interviewed a mother from Lehi UT who discovered The Bluest Eye on her school’s book list. Also interview was Eagle Forum President, Gayle Ruzicka who told it like it is, Then a university professional made ridiculous statements. Why would a book like this be held up as a standard? What parent wants to send a child to a school where pornography illustrates proper reading complexity? What teacher wants to go looking for more porn to share with students? Except for some excellent teachers, many of whom are retiring because of Common Core, can we trust anyone in education? http://fox13now.com/2013/08/30/parents-upset-over-books-placement-on-high-schools-suggested-reading-list/
Alpine District School Board Member, Wendy Hart, mentions the The Bluest Eye in an excellent blog post about how testing drives curriculum — over which parents and teachers have no control under Common Core. She says the known motto in education is “a student attains ‘higher-order thinking’ when he no longer believes in right or wrong.” Hard to argue with that. How sad that a whole private school class was forced to read the book because it was on the test. When are people going to stand up and say No! http://wendy4asd.blogspot.com/2013/08/no-man-can-serve-two-masters-school.html
This story out of Park City about a different unacceptable book, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, indicates incompetence, carelessness, and a casual attitude on the part of the district. “District leaders said they could have prevented the reaction, but parents should have contacted teachers immediately because there were other reading options.” Prevented the reaction! How about preventing immoral books from being on the reading list. The Superintendent said “. . . they [parents] just didn’t know about it. . .(the alternate books) were stated verbally but in the paperwork they weren’t there, so we’ve learned.” They’ve learned what? To make sure parents know about all the pornographic books being promoted by the school and talked about by the students?
Here’s a guest editorial with an opposing view and a couple of good comments after that tell us more about the book. The editorial shows us why religious people need religious schools. http://www.parkrecord.com/letters-to-the-editor/ci_23957568/guest-editorial?source=most_emailed
More dark books, from New Jersey
And as always, Christel Swaysey, our best informed expert, has written the state school board and blogged about The Bluest Eye. Most likely Christel’s blog is what alerted the mother who was interviewed by Channel 13.
The state school board member wrote back to Christel: “This is not a book or text that would be likely be approved by schools in Utah.” Here is a link to the Lehi High School 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th Grade Reading Lists on which the book was listed. None of the links are working now.
To read the graphic clips from The Bluest Eye (if you must) and some comments from professionals, go to Politichicks:
Why is it that homeschoolers find so many good books to read and the professionals can’t? Why don’t more families walk away?
Let’s give a Prophet, President John Taylor, the last word:
And what is Zion? The pure in heart. We want to organize in such a way, and advocate and maintain such correct principles, that they will become the admiration of all honest men, who will flee that they can be protected and find safety and an asylum in Zion. What of that? Are we going to follow them then? No, no, no, we are not. Are we going to be governed by their notions? No, we are not. Are we going to mix up with their Babylonish ideas? No, we are not . . . . our moral and social ideas are very different, and while I accord to them all the civil liberties that any reasonable men should want, I do not wish to be governed by his standard of morality, nor do I wish him to teach my children. Why? Simply because I do not wish them perverted. No Gentile or reasonable man would find fault with me for that. He does not want me to teach his children my faith. All right, he can keep them away, and I want to keep mine from his influences. Why? Because we are associated with things that are eternal in their consequences. We are aiming at the celestial glory. – Journal of Discourses, quoted in Preparing & Protecting the Saints in the Last Day, compiled by Arlene Kay Butler, p.60