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AZ School District Pulls Sexually Explicit Book Recommended by Common Core Standards
Big Government ^ | 9/12/2013

Posted on 09/12/2013 4:33:23 PM PDT by markomalley

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.

According to the Sierra Vista Herald, school district curriculum director Terri Romo informed the school board Tuesday that she contacted the Arizona Department of Education to find out how the book came to be placed on the list of Common Core recommendations. Romo said she was told the "exemplar texts" are intended to show the correct reading level and are not recommendations for purchase.

Conservative grass-roots consultants Voices Empower, founded by Alice Linahan, reported that one Buena High School mother sent the following email:

Below is a picture and an excerpt out of the book Dreaming in Cuban by Cristina Garcia.

This is a 10th grade literature book that was used in my son’s class at Buena High School in Sierra Vista, Arizona. The whole class read this book out loud during class. Everyone in the class had a copy of this book.

On the Voices Empower website, the parent provides screen shots of the book, showing the Buena High School bar code on the cover and page 80 of the book that contains the following excerpt [Note: Caution advised - graphic text follows]:

(Excerpt) Read more at breitbart.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Government; US: Arizona
KEYWORDS: 10thgrade; buenahigh; commoncore; novel; pulledbook; schooldistrict; sexuallyexplicit; sierravista

1 posted on 09/12/2013 4:33:23 PM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley

graphic text... is that the converse of textual graphics?

ok, ok, a lame joke.

they “don’t give a damn” do they. there are good reasons for not giving damns, like being intent on blessings instead, but that is not the case here!


2 posted on 09/12/2013 4:36:26 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (The Lion of Judah will roar again if you give him a big hug and a cheer and mean it. See my page.)
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To: markomalley

of course it’s the MISUSE that should be damned. save the people by all means but you can’t save sin.


3 posted on 09/12/2013 4:38:00 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (The Lion of Judah will roar again if you give him a big hug and a cheer and mean it. See my page.)
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To: markomalley

10th grade ain’t what it used to be..


4 posted on 09/12/2013 4:42:08 PM PDT by oldenuff2no
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To: markomalley
Excerpt (not the most explicit):

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.

5 posted on 09/12/2013 4:47:44 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Don't blame me for McCain.)
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To: markomalley

Aside from everything else, it’s very badly written.


6 posted on 09/12/2013 4:48:04 PM PDT by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: markomalley

Truly disgusting. Our “education” system has to be so completely corrupted by perverts for this to be happening. Sadly, though, I am not surprised at all.


7 posted on 09/12/2013 4:53:10 PM PDT by cld51860 (Oderint dum metuant)
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To: markomalley

The author is Latina, so the text is automatically “empowering.” End of discussion.


8 posted on 09/12/2013 4:56:25 PM PDT by madprof98
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To: Jeff Chandler

We’re supposed to be teaching these kids English and good writing skills, and we have a sentence that doesn’t even use the right tense of the verb (”slapping” instead of “slapped”.

I read a bit more from the photo of the book, and the author switches tenses. This author doesn’t even speak correct English.


9 posted on 09/12/2013 5:14:46 PM PDT by butterdezillion (,)
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To: kabumpo; markomalley

It reads like the twilight fanfic that became “fifty shades of gray.”
Which is to say it is crap.


10 posted on 09/12/2013 5:18:17 PM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: markomalley

Sex is so bad, we should ban it once and for all...


11 posted on 09/12/2013 5:21:53 PM PDT by ToxicMich ((If you are reading this, you are wasting your time. There is nothing here...))
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To: markomalley

“It’d be better they had a millstone around their neck and were cast in the sea, than cause one of my little ones to stumble”.

The Messiah


12 posted on 09/12/2013 5:22:33 PM PDT by Dogbert41 (Up yours NSA Obama ass lickers!)
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To: markomalley

50 shades for high schoolers...


13 posted on 09/12/2013 5:31:17 PM PDT by dragonblustar
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To: ToxicMich

Pooping is so good we should show pictures of it in high school classes.


14 posted on 09/12/2013 5:48:41 PM PDT by butterdezillion (,)
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To: ToxicMich
ToxicMich wrote: "Sex is so bad, we should ban it once and for all..."

Sex for underaged children should be banned and certainly not promoted by adults, who should know better. Unfortunately, there appears to be a big market for child porn that Obama's Dept. of Education, the NEA and Teachers unions are willing to promote and support under Common Corrosion.

15 posted on 09/12/2013 6:09:22 PM PDT by 444Flyer (How long O LORD? Habakkuk 2;Isaiah 55)
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To: markomalley
Romo said she was told the "exemplar texts" are intended to show the correct reading level and are not recommendations for purchase.

Oh. "Exemplar" no longer means exemplar, eh? I'll bet that took lots of highly paid feral government experts to figure out.

16 posted on 09/12/2013 6:16:49 PM PDT by Standing Wolf (No tyrant should ever be allowed to die of natural causes.)
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To: kabumpo
Aside from everything else, it’s very badly written.

Indeed it is rather prosaic writing.

17 posted on 09/12/2013 6:23:02 PM PDT by Flick Lives (We're going to be just like the old Soviet Union, but with free cell phones!)
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To: markomalley

Keep the Central Govt OUT of education; LEAVE it to the private organizations and to State and local governments/School Districts where there is at least some accountability.


18 posted on 09/12/2013 6:33:20 PM PDT by JustTheTruth
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To: Jeff Chandler
Reads more like something from Dreaming at the White House.
19 posted on 09/12/2013 7:02:07 PM PDT by kitchen (Make plans and prepare. You'll never have trouble if you're ready for it. - TR)
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To: kitchen

Dreaming at the Clinton White House


20 posted on 09/12/2013 7:02:40 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Don't blame me for McCain.)
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To: ToxicMich

“Sex is so bad, we should ban it once and for all...”

No, sex is not bad. Sex is wonderful, life-giving, bonding and... hell, it’s awesome.

But inappropriate sex is not good. Sex, for the sake of sex, can be degrading, hurtful, and harmful.

Sex is powerful, and should be respected.

I tried to teach my kids that sex, within the bounds of a loving, committed relationship, was great. Kick up your heels and have fun.

But I don’t want them to feel abused or to be abusers.

When kids are hormonal and animalistic, perhaps we should cut back on the sex until their brains and emotions are developed enough to manage the responsibility, shall we?


21 posted on 09/12/2013 7:25:08 PM PDT by Marie (When are they going to take back Obama's peace prize?)
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To: Jeff Chandler

What horrible, turgid drek. And to think only 45 years ago I was reading David Copperfield, The Idiot, Crime and Punishment, Les Miserables, Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes, and Huckleberry Finn in 8th through 10th grades. How far we’ve fallen.


22 posted on 09/12/2013 8:43:21 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: markomalley

Go to the Herald and get the details. A mom complained about this text when she learned her 11th grader was required to read a bathtub sex scene out loud in class. The mom read the passage to the school board at last night’s board meeting. Before she started, the board president asked that the door be closed. She knew darned well what was coming.


23 posted on 09/12/2013 9:12:54 PM PDT by HiJinx (Dude, where's my tagline?)
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To: butterdezillion

“This author doesn’t even speak correct English”

That’s pretty racist of you, to expect correct English in a book for English class.

I mean sheesh already, you really set the bar too high!

You must be one of them wingers.


24 posted on 09/12/2013 9:44:34 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: jocon307

My next-door neighbor, who is half-Mexican and half-white, was good friends with my kids while they were growing up but when she was in about 6th grade she came over and talked with me and explained that once a kid reaches her age they’re not supposed to hang around with whites. They’re supposed to become “brown”, which means they do the stuff they are hard-wired to like: drugs and booze, sex, and fiery emotion which includes violence. I told her I didn’t think that was true, that there are Hispanics who don’t do any of those things. She said if you don’t do those things you are considered a traitor to the Latino “family”.

This girl was really struggling to figure out her identity. And that’s the message she had gotten from all around her. She knew it was a racist view of life - she said that Hispanics are proud racists and will laugh at anybody who thinks that’s bad - and she didn’t agree with it, but she thought she had to live by it.

Then my kids got into high school Spanish class, where we had to sign a waiver for them to watch R-rated movies/videos because they were supposed to try to interpret Spanish speaking in real-time from the videos, and the only Spanish-language videos the teacher could find had lots of sex, drugs, and violence.

Where do you suppose my neighbor got her confused ideas of what it means to be Hispanic? The school worked really hard to push into public eye the Hispanic kids who did well in school and extra-curriculars, with scholarships like crazy. My daughter looked at a book of scholarships to apply for and since she’s neither Black nor Hispanic there wasn’t anything for her to apply for. And I understand that and I’m happy that those kids are on a path to success.

But what the kids are taking away from it all is that you’re either a brain, or you’re a girl and pregnant at 12 (my daughter’s class had 2 Hispanic girls pregnant in 7th grade - one who deliberately got pregnant by her brother because she wanted a baby to love her - and another 3? were pregnant before their freshman year; the school was thinking about putting in a nursery between the middle school and high school because so many middle and high-schoolers had babies already. 30% of her class dropped out by sophomore year - a higher rate than even in north Omaha) or a guy in a gang.

My son’s best friend is Hispanic, comes to our house every day. When he was in 8th and 9th grades he was hanging by a thread, not sure which direction he wanted to go - to actually try at school, or to join a gang. I’m glad and proud that he chose to keep trying at school. He hopes to go to college and wants his grades to allow that. There are some really, really neat Hispanic families, and the pull of the stereotype is tugging at their kids.

Some of these kids need help figuring out their identity. I don’t think English class is necessarily the best place for that, or that reading trashy, poorly-written novels that fit the stereotype is going to be helpful to their identity struggle or to their English skills. I would love to see the behavioral objectives behind the suggested reading of this book. The student will be able to (TSWBAT).....?


25 posted on 09/13/2013 6:44:11 AM PDT by butterdezillion (,)
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