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PostPosted: Tue Aug 06, 2013 2:31 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

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OK, just saw this trailer based on one of the popular novels(Oscar Scott Card's "Ender's Game") - and pretty much what struck me about it is their THEME of indoctrinating the youth to "work together for the common good to make this world a better place"(in this case, to train them to fight the aliens).

Indoctrinating the youth has been one of the primary agendas of the Communist Manifesto, Hitler's N@zi Germany, and even present day America.

Ender's Game trailer
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vP0cUBi4hwE


http://www.theatlanticwire.com/en...-focuses-adults-and-aliens/68029/
'Ender's Game' Trailer Focuses on Adults and Aliens
8/5/13

Ender's Game may be a potential entry into the canon of Y.A. phenomena, with kids taking center stage in the intergalactic war story, but the latest trailer for the movie, based on Orson Scott Card's novel, focuses more on the adults of the story.

The trailer is framed by Harrison Ford's Colonel Graff addressing in voice over Asa Butterfield's titular character, Ender, about his great potential — he may be "The One" — and the mounting alien threat. Ford's Graff and Kingsley's Mazer Rackham debate over Ender's readiness, while Viola Davis's Major Gwen Anderson worries about what will become of "the boy." We do see Ender doing battle, but get only the briefest of glimpses of his relationships with the other children at Battle School, like Ender's sister Valentine (Abigail Breslin) and his peer Petra (Hailee Steinfeld), an element of the story which makes up much of the book.

Obviously Kingsley, Ford, and Davis are the biggest names here, and Summit is selling the movie partially on their star power and partially on what look to be stunning visuals. One has to wonder, though, how the film will handle the interactions between the children, which are ultimately the heart of the story. We've seen very little of those dynamics so far. Can a Y.A. movie successfully market itself without the, y'know, young adults?

As for the controversy over author Orson Scott Card's record of homophobia, we'll have to see if it pops up again. The creative team did a decent job of addressing the issue at Comic-Con, where producer Roberto Orci said that they were going to "use the spotlight — no matter how we got here — to say we support LGBT rights and human rights."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nC6OYmj6YT8
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Common Core's Dirty Little Secret
http://www.stopcommoncoreinoregon...on-cores-dirty-little-secret.html
5/18/13

Common Core has a dirty little secret...data collection.

There are four hundred points of data being collected, monitored and stored on every child in the American education system. Monitoring devices are being implemented in our children's classrooms. All of this is being done under the guise of education reform.

What is the SLDS?

The State Longitudinal Database System, is a comprehensive database compiled on each child. This data is not aggregate data, it is linked specifically to the child. Data that is collected will follow the child through to their adult years and beyond. In fact, that is the purpose of the SLDS, to provide a database that “grows” along with the child into their career years.  

The Workforce Data Quality Initiative's Mission Statement from the United States Department of Labor's website reads:

"The long-term Workforce Data Quality Initiative and SLDS goal for States is to use their longitudinal data systems to follow individuals through school and into and through their work life."

"Enable workforce data to be matched with education data to ultimately create longitudinal data systems with individual-level information beginning with pre-kindergarten through post-secondary schooling all the way through entry and sustained participation in the workforce and employment services system."

The SLDS has been implemented nationwide in each state. It became fully operational in 2012.

The funding for the SLDS was from the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act in 2009. Oregon was awarded $10.5 million to create our SLDS.

Along the way the SLDS was transformed into the P20W, or the Preschool through age 20 Workforce Tracking. As the US Department of Labor stated, the P20W is to “enable workforce data to matched with education data...with individual-level information.” It is a “cradle to career” monitoring system. Children will not be the only ones under scrutiny. Teachers are going to be linked directly to their students and their performance will be assessed on the data that is collected. Parents' information is also being collected. This is essentially a complete dossier on every American that will follow them throughout their life. A permanent record of their beliefs, behavior, and their preferences.

How is this possible if we have privacy laws in place specifically for the handling of personal information? With the implementation of the SLDS, the FERPA (Family Education Rights and Privacy Act) had to be altered. In December of 2011 FERPA was amended to include exceptions in which student information could be shared without parental knowledge or consent.

Let's take a look at the exception.

“One exception, which permits disclosure without consent, is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the school as an administrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member (including health or medical staff and law enforcement unit personnel) or a person serving on the school board. A school official may also include a volunteer or contractor outside of school who performs an institutional service of function for which the school would otherwise use its own employees and who is under the direct control of the school with respect to the use and maintenance of PII from education records such as an attorney, auditor, medical consultant, or therapist; a parent or student volunteering to serve on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee; or parent, student, or other volunteer assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.”  

Did we leave anyone out? Basically anyone, anywhere, for any reason can access your child's information without your knowledge or consent.

400 points of data will be collected. The National Education Data Model's website had a listing but the site was “reworked” and now they are buried deep in the site. Fortunately, we have some very technically savvy people fighting against the Common Core and one person in New Jersey was able to download all 400 points, we have a link to these listed   on our website.

Ones of interest are:
•Non-school activity status (groups your child is involved in on personal time)

•Family income range

•Religious affiliation

•Medical laboratory procedure results

inBloom, Inc.is the newly formed not-for-profit organization that will warehouse the data collected by the SLDS.  All of your child's personal information will be compiled in a centralized location and shared at the whims of inBloom and the State.  

This collection of data is attracting start-up educational companies and third parties like vultures to a fresh kill.  

An article from Rueters states:

“The most influential new product may be the least flashy: a $100 million database built to chart the academic paths of public school students from kindergarten through high school. In operation just three months, the database already holds files on millions of children identified by name, address and sometimes social security number. Learning disabilities are documented, test scores recorded, attendance noted. In some cases, the database tracks student hobbies, career goals, attitudes toward school - even homework completion.

...federal law allows them to share files in their portion of the database with private companies selling educational products and services.

Entrepreneurs can't wait.

The database is a joint project of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which provided most of the funding, the Carnegie Corporation of New York and school officials from several states. Amplify Education, a division of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp, built the infrastructure over the past 18 months. When it was ready, the Gates Foundation turned the database over to a newly created nonprofit, inBloom Inc, which will run it.  

The sector is undeniably hot; technology startups aimed at K-12 schools attracted more than $425 million in venture capital last year, according to the NewSchools Venture Fund, a nonprofit that focuses on the sector. The investment company GSV Advisors tracked 84 deals in the sector last year, up from 15 in 2007.

In addition to its $100 million investment in the database, the Gates Foundation has pledged $70 million in grants to schools and companies to develop personalized learning tools.”  

Our children have been sold to the highest bidders.

The question uppermost in every parent's mind is: “Is my child's information safe?” inBloom answers us with this reassuring security policy clause:

“inBloom, Inc and inBloom, Inc Contractors strive to keep inBloom and PII (Personally Identifiable Information) secure, and inBloom, Inc uses reasonable administrative, technical, and physical safeguards to do so, however, inBloom, Inc cannot guarantee the security of the information stored in inBloom or that the information will not be intercepted when it is being transmitted.”  

Well that makes me feel a whole lot better...how about you?

There are several methods of data collection and data mining that are involved in the Common Core initiative.

The first being technology.  

Facial recognition cameras perched atop computers, will enable teachers and administrators to evaluate a child's emotional response to what they are learning or what they are being told to do. A pressure sensitive mouse will enable those same evaluators to determine how stressed a child is when they are required to do something. A posture-sensitive chair will reveal a child's temperament via their body language. This is directly from the “Promoting Grit, Tenacity and Perseverance” document from the Department of Education, page 44.

Health monitoring bracelets are also being implemented in schools throughout the nation. These devices are a pedometer and heart rate monitor all-in-one. Children are being encouraged to wear these at school, and even in some instances, at home as well.  

The second method of collection is through data mining hidden in the assessments.  

While reading through the National Assessment of Educational Progress's Fourth Grade Mathematics and Reading Assessment Sample Booklet, I found that it contained queries that were more fitting for a census questionnaire rather than a fourth grade assessment.

“In this section, please tell us about yourself and your family.

1. Which of the following best describes you? Fill in one or more ovals.

White, Black or African American, Asian, American Indian or Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.

2. Do you have the following in your home? Fill in ovals for all that apply:

Access to the Internet, Clothes dryer just for your family, Dishwasher, More than one bathroom, Your own bedroom.

3. How often do people in your home talk to each other in a language other than English?

Never, once in a while, about half the time, all or most the time

4. Do the following people live in your home? Fill in ovals for all that apply.

Mother, stepmother, foster mother or other female legal guardian, father, stepfather, foster father or other male legal guardian.”

What bearing on our children's knowledge of Mathematics and Reading does their ethnicity, appliance ownership status, and family dynamic have?

An adult would have the right to not answer these invasive and pointless questions. A child doesn't know they can decline. It is part of the test. Are they not taught to answer all of the questions on the test?  

Why do we need all of this data collected on our children in order to determine the effectiveness of a curriculum or standards?  

The US government seeks to put children on a career path that is chosen by their aptitude in academic areas. This is a career path that they will implement by middle school. This career path does not take into account the desires of the child. It is only concerned with the needs of the collective society. Instead of asking our children “What do you want to be when you grow up?” we will be asking them “What does your career aptitude assessment say you will be?”

The end purpose is to be able to inventory and monitor the human capital, our children. Major corporations have invested a lot of money in education and they are expecting a return on that investment. For every $1 invested a business can expect to gain a $7 return on that initial investment in American education. Not only are they expecting a monetary dividend, but they are also counting on a guaranteed future workforce specifically trained to meet their corporate needs.

Our children are more than a guaranteed future workforce. They have hopes, dreams and desires that they should be allowed to fulfill without the government dictating to them what they can or cannot do.
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Common Core lessons blasted for sneaking politics into elementary classrooms

By Perry Chiaramonte
Published November 06, 2013
FoxNews.com



It's exactly what critics of the Common Core school curriculum warned about: Partisan political statements masquerading as English lessons finding their way into elementary school classrooms.

Teaching materials aligned with the controversial national educational standards ask fifth-graders to edit such sentences as “(The president) makes sure the laws of the country are fair,” “The wants of an individual are less important than the well-being of the nation” and “the commands of government officials must be obeyed by all.” The sentences, which appear in worksheets published by New Jersey-based Pearson Education, are presented not only for their substance, but also to teach children how to streamline bulky writing.

   “We are doing a terrible disservice to this generation and the next if we only present them with one side of the argument and bombard them with ideas contrary to the American ideal."

- Glyn Wright, Eagle Forum

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I am glad you are posting about common core aka COMMUNISM.
I am simply unable to post everything alone.
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http://www.speroforum.com/a/MWLAC...ore-education-reform#.UnyEUTHTnIU
'Big money' and Catholic bishops in lockstep with Common Core education reform

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops accepts Gates Foundation grant to implement the Commmon Core curriculum in Catholic schools.

11/7/13

Catholic Education Daily recently broke the news that The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation – criticized in pro-life circles for its “family planning” grant program encouraging the use of contraceptives in developing countries – paid the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) more than $100,000 to support teacher training and materials on implementing the Common Core school standards.

In addition, the Gates Foundation has given money to DePaul University for Leading with Algebra, “a partnership between DePaul and the Chicago Public Schools to support the implementation of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics in algebra for grades 6-8.”  It has also awarded the Cristo Rey Network to implement Common Core in the nationwide network of Catholic schools.[i]

It’s no secret that The Gates Foundation has been pushing Common Core for public education.  “Subsidizing the Common Core State Standards in English language arts and mathematics, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has committed more than $76 million to support teachers in implementing the Common Core—a standardized national curriculum.”[ii]

Other groups have benefited from the foundation as well: “The Gates Foundation since January 2008 has awarded more than $35 million to the Council of Chief School Officers and the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices, the two main organizations charged with drafting and promoting common standards. …Achieve, Inc., a Washington, D.C.-based education-reform organization, received $12.6 million from the Gates Foundation in February 2008, according to data provided to the Washington Post by the foundation.  The Fordham Institute has accepted more than $1.4 million from the Gates Foundation, including nearly $960,000 to conduct Common Core reviews.”[iii]

But what does Common Core have that the Gates Foundation thinks Catholics need?  

In the lengthy list that researcher Betsy Kraus has compiled of the particular dangers Common Core poses for Catholic school children, there are three that may address this question.  They are:

· - “Changing Christian principles and beliefs into ‘opinions’,”

· - “Collecting health and personal information on the child and family from K-12 and beyond, storing the information in Data banks, and making the information available to others without permission from the parents,” and·        

-  “Teaching environmental ‘sustainability’ based on the United Nations ‘Agenda 21’,” which, among other things promotes population control
.[iv]  

Working backwards through this list, the Gates Foundation’s interest in population control is a matter of public record.  “The Gates Foundation has been so successful in their family planning initiatives that the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) awarded their annual Population Award in 2010 to the Foundation.”[v]

Catholics, as an institutional body, have proved resiliently unmoved by population control arguments.  The clever videos produced by the Population Research Institute present Catholic thought on this issue in a particularly accessible manner. [vi]  

Individual Catholics, by contrast – such as Melinda Gates – chafe against Church teaching.[vii]  Money targeting educational programs that have a population control component serves multiple interests.

And what, precisely, are the components within Common Core that promote acceptance of population control?  

Hold on to that question while you consider the second danger mentioned above from Kraus’ list, namely the collection of health and personal information on school children and their families that is stored in “data banks.” As part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (an continued in the 2011 budget), which set aside over $100 billion for education reform, $4 billion was used specifically to encourage states to implement various educational policies, such complying with Common Core standards and building data systems.

“Robust Data Gives Us the Roadmap to Reform,” is the title of Secretary Arne Duncan’s address to the Fourth Annual Institute of Education Sciences Research Conference in 2009. “In addition to $250 million in the Recovery Act for statewide data systems, we have requested nearly $690 million for IES' activities, an increase of more than $70 million from last year's budget.  Among other things, that money will pay for a longitudinal study of teachers and an international assessment of adult competencies. We will also launch a national survey to examine the participation of our youngest learners in preschool as well as the levels of parent and family involvement in education.”[viii]  

Lest one gather from this that all the data collected is purely academic, digging deeper uncovers that there are behavioral and health elements, too.  Judy Willis, a neurologist and teacher who is an advocate of Common Core, writes: “The CCSS [Common Core State Standards] goals support cognitive actions that are the executive functions for a global economy,” writes Dr. Willis. “We cannot let this educational goal be subverted through the challenges posed by the tests themselves or how they are used.”  There will be a new group of high-risk students: “Previous high achievers are showing fight/flight/freeze stress responses when tested with single-response questions.”  “[T]eachers describe profound emotional reactions including anger, hostility, retribution (such as false accusations of teacher misconduct) and more subtle but equally disturbing behavioral changes of withdrawn participation and effort, depression, and more sick-day absences.” [ix]

Children’s reactions must be carefully monitored and assessed.

Health standards, such as those mandated in Kentucky, go beyond merely instructing students about the factors assuring optimal health but require students to demonstrate “the ability to use decision-making skills to enhance health,” and demonstrate “the ability to use interpersonal communication skills to enhance health and avoid or reduce health risks.” They must demonstrate “the ability to practice health-enhancing behaviors and avoid or reduce health risks” and demonstrate “the ability to advocate for personal, family, and community health.”[x]

Not only are these remarkably invasive goals for a school, they presume a set of values, which in public schools has been at a profound variance with Catholic thought.  Proposed National Sexuality Education Standards, designed to be incorporated into the national health standards, are a stunning example of that, whose advisory committee includes representatives of Planned Parenthood and the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network.  Here we find that “students need opportunities to engage in cooperative and active learning strategies, and sufficient time must be allocated for students to practice skills relating to sexuality education” and “need multiple opportunities and a variety of assessment strategies to determine their achievement of the sexuality education standards and performance.”[xi]

As this article is being prepared, there is proposed Senate Bill (SB 374) titled, “An Act Requiring Behavioral Health Assessments for Children,” that would mandate every public school student in grades 6, 8, 10 and 12 and each home-schooled child at ages 12, 14 and 17 “to have a confidential behavioral health assessment, the results of which shall be disclosed only to the child's parent or guardian, and (2) each health care provider performing a child's behavioral health assessment to complete the appropriate form supplied by the State Board of Education verifying that the child has received the assessment.”  It is not suggested that this information is to be, at the present time, part of the school’s data collection but the act of mandating such assessments is already a remarkably intrusive step.

The last danger to Catholic school children from Common Core under consideration here is its systematic approach to changing a student’s values.  Curriculum, it has been said, follows assessment.  If assessments mandate behaviors (demonstrations), then Common Core-supportive curricula must include techniques to ensure behavioral change.  “For the children to pass the assessments, won't the teacher have to employ the same public school behavioral techniques and computer technology to achieve the proper psychological adjustment of the child? The attitudinal adjustment of the child is embedded in the curriculum, in order to conform to the constant computer mini-assessments and tests.”[xii]

The “big money” pouring into Catholic schools to support Common Core, therefore, isn’t to improve academic achievement but to create a “new” citizen with the “right” values.   Catholics, with their counter-cultural beliefs, evidently need a bit more fiscal infusion to move parochial education into lockstep with the world.  But…we’re getting there.
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Common Core Teaches Kids Government Must Be Obeyed
11/15/13

Schools: Opposition is rising to new national education standards pushed on public schools. They have turned schools into re-education camps for liberalism, with political statements masquerading as English lessons.

If one had to include one speech by President Ronald Reagan as recommended reading in a national standardized curriculum it might be the one in which he stood in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin and said, "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!"

One might pick Reagan's first inaugural address when he said, "Government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem." Or even his 1964 "A Time for Choosing" on behalf of Barry Goldwater that launched him to political prominence.

The speech chosen by Common Core for its English Standards, which recommends "exemplar texts" for reading, including addresses by a host of worthy historical figures — such as Patrick Henry, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Roosevelt and Martin Luther King — was Reagan's May 1988 speech to students at Moscow University.

It is a fine speech and in it he speaks of the fruits of liberty in the West and of the promise of the "Moscow Spring" but its softer tone does not speak of the "evil empire" that would soon come crashing down.

There is no stirring rhetoric on the evils of tyranny, or of the dangers of big government.

Could it be that recommending a Reagan speech that defines government as the problem rather than the solution might conflict with the subliminal messages in a worksheet that asks students to rewrite sentences to make them "less wordy." Sentences like, "The commands of government officials must be obeyed by all."

The worksheets, published by New Jersey-based Pearson Education, ask fifth-graders to edit such sentences as "(The president) makes sure the laws of the country are fair," and "The wants of an individual are less important than the well-being of the nation."

That last sentence sounds suspiciously like the old Marxist axiom "From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs."

The Constitution, the Supreme Court and a system of checks and balances among the three branches of government ensure fairness under of our laws. The Constitution and the laws enacted by Congress are what should protect individuals. The president should see to it that that the laws are faithfully executed.

The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Initiative was cooked by a group of the nation's governors and backed by the Obama White House in 2009 with the goal of setting a uniform standard for grades K-12 nationwide. Some 45 states, in many cases enticed by federal grants, have signed on. Testing in grades 3-8 and high school is scheduled to begin next year.


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Parent Questions School Indoctrination and Is Labeled a Neo-Nazi
11/20/13

East Pennsboro School District parent, Josh Barry, was accused of possibly being a neo-**** for questioning his child’s left-leaning assignment. The accuser, a teacher and the district’s union president asked a mutual Facebook friend of Barry’s whether she thought Barry was a neo-nazi.

It’s actually much worse than that. The teacher was hoping to dig up dirt on the parent and smear his name but, fortunately for Mr. Barry, she called the wrong person.

I’m surprised they didn’t have him arrested like the parent in Maryland who objected to Common Core.

Barry posted the phone message left by the teacher on YouTube – it’s really quite unbelievable.

Both the teacher and the parent are Jewish.

The parent wants the School Board to dismiss the teacher.

Listen to the YouTube message below:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TahPqdWFy_w&feature=player_embedded

This is Mr. Barry’s address to the Board. He addresses the rampant school indoctrination and the tactics that were being used to ruin him, particularly by union leaders. It is well worth listening to after a short ad, click her or listen below:: http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/...pennsboro_area_school_dis_15.html

http://www.independentsentinel.co...nation-and-is-labeled-a-neo-nazi/
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Why would Duncan inject 'race' in Common Core debate?
11/21/13

The leader of America's education system continues to be raked over the coals for his remarks disparaging those who are criticizing the Common Core Standards.

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recently lashed out and trashed opponents of Common Core Standards, labeling those critics as "white suburban moms" who are worried their children don't measure up to the new standards. In her op-ed yesterday, syndicated columnist Michelle Malkin said in making those comments, Duncan revealed himself to be "a bigot, a bully, an elitist, and a foot-in-mouth fool all rolled into one."

Duncan apologized later, describing it as "clumsy phrasing that I regret."

Jane Robbins, a senior fellow with the American Principles Project, says Duncan's outburst is evidence of his growing irritation with growing criticism of the Common Core. She says this comment went beyond demeaning remarks he's made in the past.

"They generally call everybody 'conspiracy theorists' and 'black helicopter people' and all that, but what he's done now is to introduce race and class into it," she laments.

Robbins says parents opposed to what she considers Common Core's "inferior standards" can actually be heartened in spite of the secretary's invectives.

"Intensity is building all over the country," she notes. "We don't have to settle for this – we're Americans, we have freedom in this country, and we don't have to just roll over for what other so-called 'experts' think that our children need."

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http://www.christianpost.com/news...pe-pedophilia-graphic-sex-103072/
Common Core Recommended Reading Condones Rape, Pedophilia, Graphic Sex?
8/27/13

A book on the federal Common Core State Standards Initiative's recommended reading list has sparked outrage among Christian leaders and one community in Colorado for its graphic and non-judgmental portrayal of rape, pedophilia, and incest.

"This book is no different than p0rnography," Monica Cole, director of One Million Moms, an online advocacy arm of the American Family Association, told The Christian Post in a Monday interview. She then linked pornography to human trafficking, rape, sexual violence, and even sexual slavery.

In order to compete for the education funds, states had to agree to adopt the standards even before they knew what the standards would be. All but five states adopted them, and their slow unveiling has caused a great deal of controversy among both conservatives and liberals.

The book in question, The Bluest Eye by Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison, appears under "Grade 11-CCR Text Exemplars" on Appendix B of the Common Core website. According to the short summary, it tells how "an eleven-year-old african-american girl in Ohio, in the early 1940s, prays for her eyes to turn blue so that she will be beautiful."

The novel uses explicit, bodily detail in its narration of sexual acts. "When she senses some spasm about to grip him, she will make rapid movements with her hips, press her fingernails into his back, suck in her breath, and pretend she is having an orgasm," runs one episode. Lewd references to body parts abound, even in the case of little girls.

The author reportedly said "she wanted the reader to feel as though they are a 'co-conspirator' with the rapist," so "she took pains to make sure she never portrayed the actions as wrong in order to show how everyone has their own problems." The book narrates cases of ped0philia, rape, and incest which the author described as "friendly," "innocent," and "tender."

Since Common Core is a set of standards, not a curriculum, schools will be able to choose whether or not to suggest the book, but some have argued that even its presence on the recommended list crosses a line. A local petition to remove the book from the Common Core reading list in Broomfield, Colo., has gathered 1,205 signatures.

Cole said she was "speechless," that this book would be on the recommended reading list, and she set an ultimatum. "The material that is sexually graphic, we don't agree with it and it needs to be pulled from the curriculum immediately," she stated firmly.

Cole also condemned the pedophile's use of the Lord's name to justify his actions – "I work only through the Lord. He sometimes uses me to help people," the character claims.The director of One Million Moms called this "an extremely sneaky way to involve violence in the school system."

The director asked why books like this one, as opposed to the classics, are recommended to children. She mentioned "millions of books to recommend" as opposed to this one.

Cole stressed that neither One Million Moms nor the American Family Association has yet taken a stand against Common Core in general, but when it comes to The Bluest Eye, she proved more definitive. "Nothing good will come of this," she proclaimed.

While also condemning Common Core's recommendation of the book, Peter Sprigg, senior fellow for policy studies at the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C., took a slightly different view. "This dispute is not about whether the author is skilled as a writer and it's not about whether this is even good literature for adults," but only "whether this graphic sexual subject matter is appropriate for schools," he told CP on Monday.

Sprigg argued that "if it's going to be read by minors at all, it's got to be completely voluntary without the school encouraging it in any way." While kids may end up seeing this sort of material anyway, it is inappropriate for the school itself to expose them to it.

Cases like this, Sprigg explained, inflame the debate over national education standards. While he emphasized that the Family Research Council has not yet taken a stand on the issue, he defended as legitimate the fear that Common Core "will not leave room for community standards to be applied – especially moral community standards."

While Cole argued that Morrison, the book's author, likely used the book to argue for moral relativism, Sprigg gave her the benefit of the doubt. He argued that Morrison might have just wanted the reader to feel empathy for a wrongdoer – not to condone actions like rape and pedophilia.

The Family Research Council scholar said he supports adults being able to read books like this, but he argued stringently against taxpayer dollars being spent to suggest such works to children. "Anything that, if it was depicted on screen, would be rated R or worse, it should not be presented to the students in high school or K-12 education," he argued. Nevertheless, he admitted that it should be a local decision, not something enforced by the state.

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