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American Girl Goes Common Core

December 10, 2013 at 5:00 am / by

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Is an American Girl doll on your shopping list this year for your little girl or a little girl you know?  You may want to think again.

The extremely popular American Girl brand is based on a collection of dolls approximately 18 inches tall who depict girls from ages 9 to 11 and each have their own backstory.  If I had a little girl the pull would be strong to buy one because I can never resist the  trappings that come with American Girl dolls–accessories galore, including pets, handbags, clothes, pretty much anything you can think of.

However, this year something sinister lurks in the American Girl doll accessory pack for girls 8 and older.  Here is a summary of what you will find in the kit; the emphasis is mine:

  • A backpack that features two side pouches, a front zippered pocket, and a screen-printed American Girl logo
  • A colorful notebook with lined pages for taking notes
  • A mini math textbook so she can study up
  • Three pretend mechanical pencils
  • A faux water bottle with flower graphics

americangirlmathThat’s right, folks. For a not insignificant price you can buy your little girl’s doll a pack that will make her ready for school, just like your little girl! How exciting.  Sounds innocent so far, right?

Well, notice my emphasis on the math textbook. I’m not a fan of squelching a child’s desire for modeling her doll’s imaginary life with her own; it is after all the imagination that can make great thinkers and doers.  However, taking a closer look at this math textbook it is plain to see it is the enVision Math book which is Common Core aligned and put out by the massive textbook publisher, Pearson. Pearson is a huge monopoly type educational material company that basically owns American public education.

Pearson makes money off of our children. Every time a child takes a test or a school buys new textbooks or even if a child receives tutoring, Pearson gets paid. Even teacher licensing is now controlled by Pearson.

Kudos to the marketing team at Pearson who decided to grant American Girl their wish of selling a miniature math book for their miniature customers.  And kudos to American Girl for not doing their research and seeing that a rapidly growing number of parents and tax payers are seriously unhappy with Common Core, Pearson, Bill Gates, and any other from a myriad of educational policies and/or products right now.

Or, perhaps American Girl did do their research but are in agreement with the Common Core standards. Either way, it’s a bad call and it begs the question:  Did Pearson grant them the rights to reproduce the mini math book for free and they now will glean all of the free product placement advertising or did they charge for the replication?

Again, either way, bad move, American Girl. I’m already seeing parents and teachers boycotting the doll.  Pearson makes enough money off of our kids–maybe American Girl should hear from us.

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Macey France

Oregon PolitiChick Macey France is co-founder of the Stop Common Core in Oregon and is working with parents across the state to educate and help them to learn how to advocate for their children's education. Macey has spoken at many Common Core informational meetings across the state of Oregon. Macey’s articles on Common Core have been picked up by various news outlets and she has been a guest on many radio shows across the nation. Macey’s article about The Bluest Eye was featured on a panel on Al Jazeera America and was nominated for a CPAC Blogger Award for Best Sunlight Post of 2013. Macey is a strong conservative with libertarian leanings, making her more of a "conservatarian." Preserving the constitutional and moral values of that this great nation was founded on for her children is her priority. She is a stay at home mom of two boys who are now in elementary school. As a mom who has always been interested in politics, religion and all of the taboo subjects, she has always had a lot to say about the state of the nation. When she realized the Common Core Standards were not only bad news for children but a government coup over education, she decided to fight back and is now considered one of the nation's leading experts on all-things-Common Core. When she's not having uncomfortable arguments with strangers on Facebook she can be found spending time with her husband of 15 years and two sons. Find Macey France on Facebook and Twitter: @MaceyFrancePC

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17 Comments

  1. PMM says:

    Good for you! There is a crack in the dam. Let’s hope it isn’t too late, and let’s hope someone takes on the universities next that are chock full of far left liberal professors who spew the same propaganda to a group of already indoctrinated young people…………….the whole mess has to be stopped or we and theses young people will lose this country and become robots and worker bees supporting an unstoppable government apparatus under the false premise they need to be slaves to it “for the common good”.

  2. Thank you for sharing this and pointing it out. This story kinda broke my heart as I have been waiting to purchase these dolls for my grand daughters when they came of age. So I went to the American Doll FB page to request them to reconsider this choice and remove that Math book out of the back pack and replace it with a NON CCSS book. Let’s see what happens; I am hoping for the best. Feel free to go to their FB page and look for my post and join me in support of American Doll making the change so we can continue to enjoy this wonderful doll collection with the little ones in our lives. Everybody makes mistakes, let’s forgive, forget it, and look for brighter days. Give them the benefit of the doubt. Give the American Doll company as much Grace as you and I need on a daily basis. It’s better to help lead someone in the right direction than to lead them away. God Bless America

  3. Jb_fastpitch says:

    End government sponsored edu-indoctrination. Charge tuition and eliminate licensing of teachers. Education is an individual Responsibility. It is not a “right” to be financed by governmental armed robbery.

  4. Jenny Tomsic Bioche says:

    Great article – wow talk about getting under our skin.

  5. FloridaPhil says:

    Can we see an example of what’s in the mini math book or a link perhaps? Being a staunch adversary of common core, I understand everyone’s consternation about this but nothing in the article gives any indication of the concern other than saying it is an enVision Math book.

    Evidence is priceless.

    • omega2 says:

      EXAMPLE: THREE TIMES FOUR EQUAL ELEVEN! 3×4=11. Answer not necessary but explain how you arrived at your answer! NUMBER # 2, ISLAM BEING PUSHED AS A PEACEFULL RELIGION! THE REVOLUTIONARY SOLDIERS BEING TREATED AS TERRORISTS AND MUSLIMS ARE FREEDOM FIGHTERS! ACTUAL EXCERPTS FROM COMMON CORE MATH AND HISTORY! NEED I SAY MORE!

    • Macey says:

      Hi Phil, There wasn’t any information on whether it’s even something you can open.

  6. rev. dave says:

    Maybe we need American Patriot dolls, who come with a real textbook, a legible copy of the Constitution, and a concealed pistol? Bible supplied by the parents.

  7. omega2 says:

    Common CORE is nothing more than the final dumbing down of our EDUCATION SYSTEM! IT IS RETURNING THE KIDS TO THE COTTON FIELDS OF THE 1880′S MENTALITY FOR THE SLAVES OF THE BIG COMPANIES AND A DICTATOR GOVT.!
    PARENTS WAKE UP AND GO AFTER THE SCHOOL BOARDS THAT ARE PUSHING THIS FOUL CRAP FROM THE GOULS OF PEARSON PUBLISHERS AND THE LIKES OF BILL GATES, THE MSN MORON WHO THINKS HE KNOWS HOW EDUCATION
    SHOULD BE TAUGHT! MSN IS BAD ENOUGH BUT HIS IDEAS ARE WORSE!

  8. Rubygirl says:

    This is shameful. Both my granddaughters have AG dolls and we love to play with them. What happened to innocence of children? Why is it necessary for EVERYTHING to be geared toward indoctrination? I will go to their site and complain LOUDLY!

    And it really doesn’t matter if the “math book” opens or not…just the TITLE on the book conditions the children to accept it.

    Parents and grandparents have to start watching everything and I mean everything that enters our children’s lives!

  9. raygun says:

    Let these progressive idiots know by starting a public campaign, everywhere, and letting them know “we are watching you very closely”. Then take the cause to the state educational exchanges, bureaucrats and politicians. Then vote the next few rounds to let them know you are not going to put up with their crap. It’s the American way to correct the problem of the socialistic agenda. We don’t want another Revolution …. but if it become necessary …..

  10. smiles says:

    Thank you for being a strong, intelligent, mother….and citizen! If we all keep doing what we know is the right thing to do….. we WILL put a stop this power tripping, out of control, federal government! They need to be reminded what their jobs are! In a good way <3

  11. Mike Bettys says:

    Seek professional help. Contrary to what these terrorist would have you believe. This is a good franchise and has helped to make this country better.

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