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(WARNING: Graphic) Common Core Approved Child Pornography

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Following are graphic and explicit excerpts from The Bluest Eye, which is on the Common Core’s list of exemplar texts for 11th graders. If you are easily offended you may want to skip them and go straight to the story.  (Note from editor:  Even heavily edited, this is still very graphic.)

Pages 162-163:  “A bolt of desire ran down his genitals…and softening the lips of his anus. . . . He wanted to f*** her—tenderly. But the tenderness would not hold. The tightness of her vagina was more than he could bear. His soul seemed to slip down his guts and fly out into her, and the gigantic thrust he made into her then provoked the only sound she made. Removing himself from her was so painful to him he cut it short and snatched his genitals out of the dry harbor of her vagina. She appeared to have fainted.”

Page 174:  “He further limited his interests to little girls. They were usually manageable . . . His sexuality was anything but lewd; his patronage of little girls smacked of innocence and was associated in his mind with cleanliness.” And later, this same pedophile notes, “I work only through the Lord. He sometimes uses me to help people.”

Page 181:  “The little girls are the only things I’ll miss. Do you know that when I touched their sturdy little t*** and bit them—just a little—I felt I was being friendly?—If I’d been hurting them, would they have come back? . . . they’d eat ice cream with their legs open while I played with them. It was like a party.”

Pages 84-85:  “He must enter her surreptitiously, lifting the hem of her nightgown only to her navel. He must rest his weight on his elbows when they make love, to avoid hurting her breasts…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. She might wonder again, for the six hundredth time, what it would be like to have that feeling while her husband’s penis is inside her.”

Pages 130-131:  “Then he will lean his head down and bite my t** . . . I want him to put his hand between my legs, I want him to open them for me. . . I stretch my legs open, and he is on top of me…He would die rather than take his thing out of me. Of me. I take my fingers out of his and put my hands on his behind…”

Pages 148-149:  “With a violence born of total helplessness, he pulled her dress up, lowered his trousers and underwear. ‘I said get on wid it. An’make it good, n*****, Come on c***. Faster. You ain’t doing nothing for her.’ He almost wished he could do it—hard, long, and painfully, he hated her so much.” 

I understand that after reading those excerpts a lot of you may be angry that this is approved for reading in any school. I could probably end the article here.

However, there are many things that need to be addressed and I have detailed for you here with much help from Jill Manning, PhD.

Adams 12 5 Star School District is the 5th largest school district in Colorado and has transitioned to the new Common Core standards. The book, Toni Morrison’s 1970 novel, “The Bluest Eye,” is among Common Core’s exemplar texts for 11th graders.

I was recently afforded the opportunity to discuss the book with Dr. Jill Manning, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She has been involved in social policy and research and has testified for legislators on these issues. Dr. Manning is also a former Social Science Fellow at the Heritage Foundation. She knows what she’s talking about and she also happens to be a concerned mother.

Obviously the reason behind some parents calls for removing the book are the graphic depictions of incest, rape and pedophilia. And not just that, the book actually lets the reader see the depictions from the perpetrators point of view.

In fact, the author of the book, Morrison, says that she wanted the reader to feel as though they are a “co-conspirator” with the rapist. She took pains to make sure she never portrayed the actions as wrong in order to show how everyone has their own problems. She even goes as far as to describe the pedophilia, rape and incest “friendly,” “innocent,” and “tender.” It’s no wonder that this book is in the top 10 list of most contested books in the country.

The Bluest Eye is the story of Pecola Breedlove, a young black girl, who prays every day for beauty: for the blond hair and blue eyes that she believes will allow her to fit in. As her life begins to disintegrate in the face of adversity and strife, such as being raped by her father and beaten by her mother, she finally appeals to Soaphead Church, a pedophile, to help her attain blue eyes. After being impregnated by her father, she loses her baby and ultimately loses her mind.

Dr. Manning is one of 5 people to introduce research-based arguments to remove this book from approved literature in the classroom. Among the five people were two concerned parents who had children that were negatively impacted by the book, an English teacher, a lawyer, and Dr. Manning.

The parents who are actively petitioning the school board to have it removed from the classroom do not want a complete ban on the book nor its removal from the school; rather they would like it to be removed from the approved reading list in the classroom, where students spend three to four weeks reading and discussing, in depth, the developmentally inappropriate material.

There are people out there advocating to let this book remain in the classroom because 11th and 12th graders have the ability to read this material especially those in Advanced Placement classes. As Dr. Manning points out, there is a huge difference between being labeled a mature reader, as in one that is technically capable of reading challenging novels, and biopsychosocial maturation. One of the top reasons behind choosing this book is the fact that it is on the Common Core Standards list of exemplar texts. It aligns with the standards and meets the course objectives and needs of students.

Children are simply not mature enough to process the violent, incestuous sex scenes in the book. And yes, high school kids are still considered children! They are minors. They are not adults, and they are not in college. We need to use some common sense when choosing texts to be studied in the classroom. Children’s developing brains do not need to be assaulted with this notion of sexual violence. Educators are supposed to protect children from violence.

The American Academy of Pediatrics studies and develops policies pertaining to youth from birth through age 21, and specifically lists books as part of the mass media environment examined by their institution.  The AAP states that exposure to violence in media has a significant risk on the health of children and adolescents and can contribute to aggressive behavior, desensitization to violence, nightmares and fear of being harmed. It is also associated with teen pregnancy and promiscuity. The AAP has also called on schools specifically to do more in the way of preventing young people from being exposed to and negatively impacted by harmful media.

Although this group of concerned citizens in Colorado, including Manning, have repeatedly asked to see any research that would back up the notion that this book and this kind of content is appropriate for children, they have yet to receive any evidence along these lines. Why?

Because there is no evidence that would suggest this book or this kind of content is proven to beneficial or not harmful to children. On the contrary, there are numerous studies from a wide range of fields showing a wide range of harmful effects and risks.

Through some bizarre loopholes in educational policy, this book and others like it are allowed in the classroom. It is able to slip past the checks and balances that we have in place to protect children from violence because even though it does not meet the common standard of decency, it is not a form of entertainment. It’s all in the name of English. No matter the level of filth in the book, it’s English! Therefore it must be allowed.

The Superintendent’s Policy actually has a section that should clearly cause for halt of having this book in the classroom: (“SP”) 6220, Section 2.2.2 requires that “[s]ensitivity to practices and beliefs of other cultures shall be manifested in instructional methods and academic content” (emphasis added).  SP  6230, Section 4.0 adds that “[i]nstructional materials shall be selected which: . . . 4.2 enrich and support the curriculum taking into consideration the varied needs, interests, abilities, and maturity levels of pupils served.

Using just the smallest amount of common sense we can deduce that if the book cannot be read aloud in the class, could not be viewable if it was a movie and couldn’t be played on the stereo if it was a CD, then why is it okay for it to be read and discussed; in school of all places! In fact, according to one lawyer, if the incidents in this book were a movie or a picture there would be a very clear cut case for prosecution for child pornography.

I would imagine that a great deal of parents, especially anyone with any semblance of morality in their bodies would be opposed to this book being proffered by a teacher to his or her classroom. A teacher is a trusted adult and surely if they recommend a book for a student to read, that book then has more weight and is seen as “acceptable” with perhaps even “acceptable behavior” in it.

In fact, the teachers mark the pages that can only be read at home. The sexually explicit scenes that take place are noted by page numbers and the kids have to read those portions of the book at home. It’s truly astounding. If there are parts of the book that are so explicit that they can’t be read in school, you’d think that would be a giant red flag to keep that book out of the hands of children.

I’m all for freedom of speech but I draw the line when it comes to children and minors. Our schools are supposed to be working in tandem with parents to enrich children’s lives and teach them valuable lessons, not including introducing them to graphic, sexual violence with no mental health resources or context provided. Of course, if a book is chosen that would require mental health resources, again, you have a flashing red sign that reads: Not for children!

Not only that but it’s irresponsible to introduce this literature to kids who you have no idea of knowing their past experiences with rape, incest, or violence. Imagine the scenario where you send a child who has been abused or raped home to read the illicit portion of the book and he or she has to not only read it, and be confused by the portrayal of the perpetrator as a normal human being, but the child also happens to be living with their very own perpetrator who happens to be a family member.

People and educators who are in favor of this kind of book are misinformed. They are perhaps not aware of or understand the social science and medical research that suggest it is not an appropriate choice for the classroom. Many who have read the book still praise it due to its “the multi-layered structure” and comparisons to blues music. Dr. Manning believes that, in part, their praise highlights more of a desensitization to sexually explicit material and/or ignorance to the well-documented effects of this kind of material.   And then you have people who just haven’t read the book themselves so they don’t know the graphic nature. They look to the lists of books that are deemed appropriate and trust the people who determined the book makes the list. The only caveat is sexual content is not on that checklist of things that would make a book inappropriate for school.

Recently a student, a minor, at one of the CO high schools has started her own petition to keep the novel in their classrooms. This reminds me of a small child advocating for more candy before dinner. Does a child know better than an adult? In most cases, no. In this case, especially.

In fact, in a Harris poll it shows that a 62% of Americans say that books with explicit language should not be available to children in school libraries. The same poll shows that a majority of Americans think no books should be banned completely (56%). This shows you that American’s are against book banning but wants limits by seeking the community standard of decency for books in schools.

Advocates also say that this book is necessary for college preparation. It’s beneficial to a student who can read these kinds of novels to prepare them for academic success. How is reading a filthy book filled with pornographic scenes beneficial and preparing a student for success in college? Oh, but it’s not a filthy pornographic book, it’s not entertainment, it’s for educational purposes! We just want to introduce the kids to different ways of life!

In case you’re just thinking, “Opt out!” I have to tell you, opting your child out of reading this book doesn’t protect him or her. They are still surrounded by the other students who are going to be saturated with this book.

Students that are opted out were being sent to the library for self-guided study for three weeks.  This actually violates the equal educational opportunity policy.  According to Dr. Manning, the superintendent has now ruled that if this book is being taught, two classes must be offered that don’t use the book; however, again, this does not deal with the issue of harm.  This ‘solution’ only deals with the fact that some people may not like the book.  Opt out works when you have similar levels and appropriateness to the material being offered and when none of it goes into the realm of harmful material.

And let’s use the ever-elusive common sense here. If you have a movie that was rated R, a child under 17 couldn’t see it without parental guidance. It certainly couldn’t be shown in the classroom, so why in the world would it be okay to let the child read a book that contains the same sort of things that require parental authority?

This child pornography is protected and lauded because it resides between the pages of a novel. It’s located in libraries and written by an author who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in the 1990s. Don’t forget Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace prize for…well, that’s still a head scratcher, so I don’t put too much stock into Nobel prizes.

This is not different than if I take some manure and spread it on a canvas and then place it in a gilded frame and hang it in an art gallery. I call it art, therefore, it is art. I encourage people to get up close with the “art” and even encourage touching it so they can really process it.

Now the same thing is true for the novel and for my manure art. It’s subjective, it’s potentially very harmful to people and in the end, it doesn’t matter the label you slap on it it’s still just a pile of manure.

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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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626 Comments

  1. terryreeveshanger says:

    This book should not be an approved book and shouldn’t even be in a school. What are we doing to our children?

    • skepticalvoter says:

      It’s not that so much as what the government is requiring schools to to do our children. It’s time parents educated themselves by attending school board meetings to get that education.

    • Ella Lohan says:

      You mean “young adults” with HS kids. I teach 13 year olds. They’re very mature in a lot of ways for their age. I recall myself that we already had our own reading preferences, knew what we liked, and so on. The Asian teens I’m teaching know what they want in class, sometimes they defy their *forced* academy teaching by not doing work (which is a pain), and already have their own political views on matters. In fact some of them even go to the big city on their own, taking subways and buses. With “children” you have to guide them and show them everything. THey’ll also parrot back the views of their parents, or biggest role models. “Young adults” (ages 12 on up) already have their own views made, and will read what they want to read.

      • Dennis says:

        So that is suppose to justify that this book is “allowed” to be on the list for approved reading…… Wow where is YOUR moral compass??

  2. Lowell says:

    All this of, course, is based on the premise that they are actually teaching the children to read.

  3. southernmom169 says:

    This is how they will desensitize our children to pedophilia, rape, and incest. Parents NEED to protest this type of ‘reading’ in public schools. THIS is abhorrent!!!

    • Spinner Guy says:

      If this starts up in our schools we will home school!

      • Kathy in Mandeville says:

        Trust me…. it already has.
        Private School ~ Home School
        Only choices for this house.

      • Ella Lohan says:

        And thusly you will create over-protected kids who will go hog-wild with drugs and sex the first tiem they’re let out the door because they’ve never been desensitized to the real world before. They’ll just go crazy if you keep them under a rock. It’s happened to people I know.

        • Spinner Guy says:

          Evidence please. Have you ever home schooled? We have and frankly our oldest gets tons of compliments from the “Outside people” that he works with. He is very well adjusted to the outside. Frankly, you sound a bit paranoid… By the way, as a former NREMT, we became desensitized so that we could do our job. Maybe everyone should ride along with Lifeflight so as to get use to it, just in case? You never know… ;)

        • Dennis says:

          THats is so funny….And I know home schooled kids that have NOT gone Hog wild….. so try another excuse

      • Rachel says:

        We are homeschooling, however, it is not a long-term solution. Common Core will begin to infiltrate both the homeschooled and private schooled arenas as they are being considered standards and the standardized tests will be changed to test the material. Rather, we need to reverse common core and get it out of our schools!

        Also, there are many children who, otherwise, won’t be able to opt out. No matter how we raise our children, their peers, their generation and the culture around them, will be profoundly and negatively influenced.

    • Ella Lohan says:

      If you’d analyze the book it’s an artistic representation of what goes on inside the mind of a pedobear, and how he justifies himself. That’s why the book is so shocking. It’s all shock-value and nothing more. BTW pedobear kids usually find they like kids younger than them before the age of 12, on their own, without any exposure to books or movies. They say that sexual preference is established before the age of 10, which includes pedobear tendencies. So just reading something like this (“Lolita” anyone?) won’t make someone into a pedobear. Just sayin’.

  4. Frank says:

    Yeah what the heck! We all want our kids to get out of high school having no clue what sex even is!!! Why would we want to discuss sexuality, beauty, and feeling ugly in school?!?! Leave sex out of the picture so our kids can be ignorant about sexuality until they’re in college, like normal people!! We all know abstinence only education doesn’t work, so why should we think anything else would work either!?!?

    • David says:

      I doubt you have any children. I HOPE you don’t have any children. Actually, someone with your mindset probably CAN’T have children. So, that’s good.

    • Joanne13 says:

      I’m sorry but you are an idiot. And when I say ‘I’m sorry’ I mean it… I’m REALLY SORRY you’re such a complete idiot!

    • Robin H says:

      Gee whiz, maybe they should have a class where they all practice all the sex ed they’ve had since 1st grade. Bet that class would fill up fast. Joanne is right, you really are an idiot.

    • skepticalvoter says:

      It’s called parenting and that is still not up to the schools.

    • Macey says:

      There’s a difference between sex and RAPE. If you don’t understand that then maybe you need some psychological help, yourself.

      • Frank says:

        There’s a difference between Exemplar Texts and REQUIRED READING material. If you don’t understand that then maybe you need some psychological help, yourself. Carry on with your misplaced outrage.

    • Alan says:

      You’re a sick man, Frank, if you really believe rape, incest, and pedophilia are acceptable and should be taught in school!

    • Kathy in Mandeville says:

      Total IDIOT!

    • kidinwheelchair says:

      So showing a child porn is an appropriate way to teach a child about sex. Sure..if you want to raise little animals who mate with everything and anything. What about self-respect? Values? Look at society…all the teen pregnancies…all the STDs..all the abortions…and these kids have bee learning about sex since kindergarten. Teaching about sex without virtue is a recipe for disaster.

    • Charie says:

      I knew there would be someone like you who would comment and say just what you said Do you believe in early sexualization of children? Eight’s too late??? I’ll say it right out, Frank. You’re a pervert. What other reason would there be for students to graphically learn about incest, pedophilia and rape. Any normal person would know this can be done without the author being there with a virtual camera. If you’re not a pervert, you’re a fool.

      I’ve heard reasoning like yours for 50 years and the only thing it got this country is higher and higher numbers of pregnant girl who are getting younger and younger. There is also more rape and pedophilia now than there ever was.

      I suggest you take your cool sarcastic ideas and put them where the sun don’t shine.

  5. IdahoCowgirls says:

    And this is the road to desensitizing kids to sick pedophilia. Make them accessible is their ultimate goal! I never read anything like this even in college! This is sick!

  6. Robin H says:

    First you desensitize the parents with the Fifty Shades of Grey novels which are also about pedophilia, and then you desensitize the kids that you want to prey on. Therefore you have a whole crop of people who now think this is somehow normal. I have a daughter going into 11th grade. She’s not going to like it, but on her first day of school I will be asking her English teacher what books they re reading this year.

    • kats says:

      Who is “you”. Who desensitized you with Fifty Shades of Grey? People were forced to read that stuff?

      • Robin H says:

        Sorry, “you” was used instead of the media that promotes it. No, nobody made me read it, and I will not read it, but many of my peers have and think it’s all in good fun. But it’s really not fun, it’s an agenda.

        • treas54 says:

          Not just the media but the Marxist, Communist agenda to sex them up, dope them up and dumb them down. “Them” meaning the children and the parents who don’t question it have already been indoctrinated; desensitized.

          • Sally Horton says:

            right on treas 54.. I’ve posted a comment with the communist goals talking about doing exactly that here, I don’t see the comment though

        • LeeAnne Green says:

          You haven’t read 50 Shades of Grey, but you decided it was pedophelia? It wasn’t. Both main characters were age-of-consent.

          • Robin H says:

            Thanks for the links. I read so much online that I sometimes can’t remember where I found them.

          • LeeAnne Green says:

            Those links are utterly ridiculous.

            The first is an ultra conservative rant about how this British author is “waging war on conservative American values” and doesn’t seem to actually have anything to do with the actual book. The article seems to be more about the interviews that the author did with Time Magazine, 50 Shades Magazine, and the author’s blog with a listing of her book signings. Then for some unknown reason that seems to have nothing at all to do with the initial article, it talks about the person who was medical director of Planned Parenthood in the 50′s and 60′s. It DOES link to someone else’s article that says it’s about pedophilia, therefore it ~Must~be true, right? The authors do not even have links to show credentials at all, which renders the second article at least minimally better.

            The second is written by someone who is desperately trying to shoehorn the main character into a description of Jerry Sandusky, and is using the somewhat poor credibility of “20 years in Child Protective Services” as his justification.
            The writer states that he “heard all about it” from a clinical psychologist from a university. This translates to a Teacher, not an actual working-in-the-field Doctor, which means that they may have not kept up with current psychology standards. The author of the article then completely undermines her credibility by explaining that this psychologist was around during the “counter-culture era and did her share of experimenting, but is now a mother and grandmother”. That is hardly a great standard of credibility. Every single Baby Boomer out there was “around” during the “counter-culture era”, and a good portion of them “did their fair share of experimenting”. Then, having talked to this psychologist he went and read it to go find out if it is true. Well, anyone can find things once an idea is planted and they start “looking for proof”. That’s how Disney gets in trouble from the crazy wing nuts who think that there are penises everywhere. Furthermore, the writer is so poor at editing that he was not even capable of spelling Mr. Sandusky’s name correctly consistently. Now, I appreciate Dr. Swier’s service to our country, but I do not think that a Master’s in Management Services and a Bachelors in Fine Arts makes him qualified to decide that 50 Shades is pedophila.

            The books are AWFUL. Please don’t get me wrong. I read all three, to see what the hoopla was all about. They are poorly written, inconsistent and the writer uses the same sentences over and over. The author was nowhere near a professional author when writing those books.
            They are originally Twilight FAN fiction that was rewritten with new names, which I suppose justifies the “pedophilia” angle if you look at it through someone else’s glasses, sideways.

            Sadly, though, using justifications like “she wears her hair in pigtails” and “they use baby oil” and call each other “baby”. If those are the criteria for being into pedophilia, then a good portion of our population should be in an awful lot of trouble.

          • Ella Lohan says:

            I think you’re just jealous you didn’t make gobs of money from a badly-written BDSM fic.

          • Ella Lohan says:

            Read it…ridiculous article.

        • Ella Lohan says:

          *snorts* Oh god, you don’t understand the mind of a writer. It’s not “agenda,” it’s just someone who wrote a bad fanfiction, rewrote it as an original fic, then got it published and it just happened to take off. PUblishing is super-unpredictable!

      • newbdogg says:

        I love it when people who haven’t read books comment about them with authority. It makes them sound so smart.

      • Ella Lohan says:

        I read all 3 of those books. They were hilariously bad. I think an HS kid would laugh at its horrible sex scenes as well and total lack of character development. I’m more worried for the 40-something moms who read them than their kids. The kids seem to have a better head on their shoulders, lol.

    • Nolan Ashman says:

      You have a choice! Take your children out of public schools and find a religious or private school which embraces your values and place them in that system. Then implore your senators and representative create legislation that offers educational funds to those families who feel the educational system has failed. “If we took politics out of education, our education might survive, as it is, it is doomed to failure.

      • Robin H says:

        My oldest is entering college this fall (just a few weeks) and my youngest is entering 11th grade. Our district has always been good about the books they read. I would rather not take her out unless it was absolutely necessary. That’s why I’ll keep an eye out for what they’re reading since the Common Core was only adopted this year and hasn’t been fully implemented yet.

        • Mongoose Lover says:

          And let’s hope we can stop it. Several states, at least IL anyway, say that the state is supposed to be the primary funding of schools in the state of Illinois, NOT Uncle Scam! I suggest we go to our state legislatures and protest and make a big scene till they follow their own laws. We can kick Common Core out. If the states won’t do it, do it locally. The states, if they’re like Illinois, are bound by their own Constitutions to fund those schools who’ll do a Shadrach, Meshack, and Abendigo, and not bow down to the feds commie indoctrination.

          • Susan Royston Fiori says:

            Illinois has adopted CC. There are only 4 states that haven’t so they won’t receive federal funding.

          • AlarmBelle says:

            As a community….let your BOE know that you all will NOT pass another levy until Common Core is thrown out of all your schools! Then VOTE NO for every levy.

      • Susan Howard says:

        This is an inane argument. The right for ALL people to live in a society more uplifting than degrading starts with drawing lines between SMUT – and this is nothing more than smut – and legitimate artistic expression. YES. NOT ALL EXPRESSION has value. Not all so-called “art” is art, and not all expression deserves protection. As a rational civilization we must make distinctions, define what is true, good and beautiful and elevate one another because we ALL fall into the sewer just like siphoned water when society breaks down morally. This book does not deserve space on a public library shelf, let alone a school library shelf.

        • Ella Lohan says:

          This is “art,” ma’am. It all depends on views about love and sex. Ancient Romans worshipped sex. Ancient Indians adorned the walls of their palaces with graphic sex acts. Koreans have single-gender public baths where no one cares if you’re nude. They even act mature in the gynecologist’s office. But Westerners always have to take issue with it. lol

          • DianaG2 says:

            The issue here isn’t SEX between or among consenting adults.

            The issue is that our kids have a right to be safe from leering adults who try to groom them to accept harmful behaviors as if these behaviors were standard and normal.

          • Ella Lohan says:

            You realize the readers are in 11th grade, right? They’re practically adults who are already having sex with each other, driving cars, and are basically behaving like adults. Kids know who they feel comfortable with. American teachers give students a wide berth as it is. Why do you act like 16 and 17-year olds are little 5 years olds or something?

          • DianaG2 says:

            It’s dehumanizing, degrading, and paid for by tax revenue.

            I actually quit a women’s literature class in college because of this very book —- The Bluest Eye. And, I was NOT a college-age student, back in the ’70′s. I was already an older student, even then, in my late 20′s.

            I never actually told the instructor the real reason for dropping the class. I pretended it was because of some schedule conflict. It kind of ruined my average, but I didn’t care.

            I would never reach or touch anything by Toni Morrison. The woman is exceedingly depraved, not to mention — actually, not such a good writer anyway.

      • Mallory Patton says:

        it is not as easy as taking your children out of public schooling and placing them in Christian faith based schools… public school is not expensive private schooling is, and the common parent even with the desire to have their children not be in public schooling do not have that option afforded to us…With 3 children of my own I would never be able to afford that. The point is I should be able to send my children to public school and not have to worry about them reading filth such as what I just did. There is nothing right about having a child which is exactly what even high schooler are read about those things and in such detail. It made my stomach churn I cant imagine what it would do for them, and people what kind of adults to we want to bring up trying to make rape, incest and pedophilia a “kind, tender, loving” thing.

        • bohicarico says:

          Baltimore City, Maryland, spends $18,000 per student K-12 on average. That’s far more than many private and parochial school options in the region. It’s also far more expensive than home-school.

        • Virginia Torres says:

          True private schools are expensive but as a parent I would find the means to put them in a private Christian schools. There are scholarships out there that will help from non-profit Christian organizations. Public school is just not an option any more! There is virtual school and home school and I am choosing that for my children.

          • lewrites says:

            I think it depends on where you go to public school. There were plenty of books on the “approved” lists when I was in high school that, if we weren’t mature enough to handle it, our teacher would not have us read it. And he’d let us know as such when we picked what books we’d write reports over.

          • Judy says:

            I wouldn’t trust a teacher to make that decision for my child.

          • lewrites says:

            Then you ought to homeschool. Or be more active in your public school and getting to know the teachers. The teachers where I grew up, all went to the same churches. If the parents didn’t trust a teacher, they went to the board and that teacher got fired. It did happen a few times while I attended school there, from elementary on up.
            I defend my public education because some people say it’s of the devil to send your kids there. Well, it made my faith stronger, attending school with kids who didn’t always believe like I did, and I later learned that kids who didn’t believe like I did respected me for how I lived. Hopefully that spoke to them and helped them down the road to find God. I don’t know, haven’t seen many of them for awhile.
            But I, as a parent when that happens, will also look at the list, or look at what my child brings home. If my mom didn’t like it, she’d let me know. Of course, she raised me in such a way that I knew just from reading a back cover if the book was something I should be reading or not.
            The Bluest Eye was never on a reading list at my high school. As a class, we read classics like Julius Caesar or The Great Gatsby. If we read anything more contemporary, it was something like 1985. And our parents could let the school know if they didn’t agree with what was coming up. But like I said, the parents in my community are pretty involved with the teachers and know them.
            So I guess what I’m trying to say is, if you can’t trust a teacher, then you probably ought to be more involved with the school. Your voice DOES make a difference. Don’t just sit back and point fingers. And being that two of my siblings are educators, it’s a slap in the face that you wouldn’t trust them. They’re good people and wouldn’t try to lead a kid astray.

          • linda says:

            ahh, the good old days, something the repubs want. Just because you don’t like someone you get them fired. Thankfully it takes a lot more these days to get rid of someone

          • DianaG2 says:

            That wasn’t really the point. Did you read the rest?

          • lewrites says:

            One of the teachers that got fired because a parent complained had us listening to a voice recording of our history book while he watched porn on the computer while we were in the room. He used to call students, FEMALE students for no reason at their homes and creeped parents out. He was a fifth grade teacher. Yeah. No, he shouldn’t have been fired at all, I guess, according to your logic. Let the potential child molester teach.

          • Ella Lohan says:

            I agree that THAT example is definitely questionable, and good grounds for being fired. A teacher is supposed to be devoted to their students and keep boundaries.

          • lewrites says:

            Another teacher, at the high school level, got asked to resign because they had serious anger issues that were affecting their teaching. There was only one teacher that I didn’t agree with them asking to resign and that was the band director, and he was asked to resign because his arthritis was causing him to miss too much school, among some students having issues with him because they wanted to have an easy A class instead of actually having to learn to play. Those students didn’t get what they wanted though, the next band director has been even more strict. Oh well. There were plenty of teachers that I didn’t like in school personality wise, but they were good teachers. It’s not just a matter of “firing someone you don’t like.”
            Also, I’m not a republican. But nice try. I’m also not a democrat. Both political parties are full of politicians who could care less about what the American people want.

          • CindyLuHu says:

            That’s why people vote in the primaries. To get a conservative in that DOES care about not only the kids but about our country. They are out there – sadly, not everywhere, tho. :(

          • Memphomaniac says:

            Sorry Linda. In the real world, people sometimes need to be fired. Some need jail time. Some need to be tarred and feathered and sent outta town on a rail. (public shame can be a wonderful tool!) It truly doesn’t take that much more to get rid of someone. We just have to have the will to do it.

          • Ella Lohan says:

            Korea has all kinds of background checks for teachers, and yet there’s still drunkard bad apples who come through the door too >_>

          • CindyLuHu says:

            If they deserve to be fired, then they should be. The “Repubs” are conservative – you know, like not accepting the crap that Common Core wants to ruin good kids’ minds with. “Liberals” think everything is ok and that the kids should be indoctrinated with pornography in the 11th grade. And TRUTH BE KNOWN I wouldn’t want my sons who are in their 20′s nor my husband reading that CRAP. If a teacher needs to be – needs to be fired, then so be it.

          • Ella Lohan says:

            Learning “liberal” stuff in College is what helped me to understand that there’s a different point of view besides the Republican view. Liberal views don’t “ruin” kids and kids aren’t robots either. In HS they already have strong opinions of their OWN, not their parents’, not their teachers’, and they continually question what’s going on. They know what they like to read by that time, and a teacher can always tell when a book doesn’t go over well with a class.

            Books are always a mixed bag; there are some books the students absolutely love, and others they absolutely hate. If nothing else I would have the students take a vote on the book before writing off “The Bluest Eye.” If they didn’t like it, I’d get out curriculum materials for another book. If it was OK to them, we would read it. Plus that book is way deeper and more thought-provoking than “Veronica” (that one was eewww) People aren’t “indoctrinated” unless they wanna be. Not even Chinese kids are that “indoctrinated” by their own government…I have Chinese friends who are free thinkers. Maybe if you realized your kids had a mind of your own you’d realize there’s a world of reading out there and different viewpoints than your own.

          • Ella Lohan says:

            You would hope so. Unless you happen to post a wrong Twitter post like that one lady. Twitter is so dumb, I don’t know why people even take it seriously >_>

          • debra pittman says:

            that is how it is here, we are in contact with the teachers a lot, most of them live in this area, i love our public school. we are still ttrying to make decisions on each part of the common core. im not impressed with a lot of the people who were involved with the writing of it.

          • Ella Lohan says:

            Dude, I’m a teacher. We’re under a lot of pressure. We’ve got to put up with idiotic administrators who make new demands on us all the time, stupid parents, kids who don’t behave, and we’ve got to keep kids coming back to the academy. We have no choice over books (American textbooks are NOT useful to Asian students), and are given waaaaayyyy too much stuff to do. Please have some sympathy. It’s the admin who are in control, NOT the teachers.

          • Memphomaniac says:

            Most Teachers no longer have the choice of what will be taught in their classes. THIS is THE text. THIS is THE lesson plan. THIS is what YOU will teach to enable YOUR class rooms to pass “CC” tests. Your class doesn’t pass THESE tests,…YOU’RE fired. Next.

          • Ella Lohan says:

            That sounds like a good teacher^^

          • Ricky says:

            We have 6 kids and made the sacrifice to homeschool. We struggle with finances but we’d rather sacrifice our finances than our kids.

          • bodica says:

            You have saved yourself years of grief and disorder. Wish it was around when my kids were little!
            Life became a daily ideological battle, and the teachers’ conduct was as unethical as I could never imagine (NYC) – with incompetence too boot. They covered this up by dumping kids with repetitive mind dumbing homework. Parents were expected to be the teachers as even smart kids came home clueless. Do what it takes to homeschool. Great for large families but if socialisation is an issue, there are many activities where your only child, for example, can meet up with other kids and/or play date.

          • CindyLuHu says:

            Hey Ricky, I know a family with 8 kids and they’re doing it. They have a milk cow, beef for the table and eggs and chickens as well. The older kids help with teaching the younger and help with keeping the house going in a ‘normal’ routine. It’s just a must-do, in order to make it work. But, they have the closest, most loving family!

          • jeaniebgd says:

            The SAT and the ACT are being adapted to the CCSS, as are textbooks which affects private schools, charter schools and home schooling. There’s nowhere to run, nowhere to hide. Only hope is for more states to repeal, to not adopt the curriculum.

          • Ella Lohan says:

            If you shelter your kids too much, they’ll go crazy once they’re out in the real world. They need some exposure to the real world like a vaccination. Or else you’ll wind up with a daughter who’s pregnant as soon as she leaves the house because she goes nuts having experiences she’s never had before.

          • Phillip Hendrickson says:

            you r sooo wrong be a real mom teach them right

          • Ella Lohan says:

            Yeah, I’ll coddle my future kids so that when they go into the real world, they’ll have absolutely no protection and won’t have a darn clue what to do about anything. That’s the way to do it! :D

          • cspanjunkie1 says:

            I do believe you are just trying to bait those who choose to home school- I struggled with my kids’ education and I joined a “home grown” grass roots volunteer group and I volunteered my time for 4 years- we adopted magnet schools and worked with the teachers (forget the stupid pta-cheerleaders for sucking more cash from parents) there are volunteers that are working for change, go to your school board meeting and you will find them. I did, I went every time the school board met, I would debate with them some of the silly agenda that adopted, I met others with like minds and a group was formed- yes, it takes time-but hey, kids do.

          • CindyLuHu says:

            Remember, you’re on a conservative site with ‘good’ parents. You’re getting pretty out there with assumptions. :)

          • SeabeeMode says:

            Dude, your a teacher… Hence, why I home school my three high school boys. For those looking, www,k12.com might be of interest. Its a free home school program here in Oregon, I know that they are in other states also. As far as the “socialization concern” goes, there are skate parks, and such everywhere.

          • CindyLuHu says:

            Get online and search out a home school co-op in your area. It’s where a parent trades skills as a credit hour(s) to other home schooled kids. Like teaching to play an instrument or how to work on an engine, or moms trade skills with other moms. One teaches how to cook and the other teaches art class. Often these 1-2 hour classes can be held in a church, one time per week. There’s your socializing – have co-op on Friday afternoon and then after class is over, hit the playground! – SOCIALIZING and PE class. :)

          • debra pittman says:

            florida also has a free home school program, might be good

          • DownTheDevilsHatch says:

            My parents were very protective of my siblings and I. We all graduated, all of us have great jobs, whilst some of us are still in college. My younger brother and I decided to join the Marines are now that we’re out, we’re in college. Your “knowledge” isn’t based on facts, but on liberal logic! My parents are Christian and well respected members of the community and church. Our home town is very small, thus the village of good farm families raised us like we were there own as well. We are all adopted, my parents opened their home to 16 kids from all walks of life, and to this day don’t regret it. We had a school administration that worked with the parents and that took the time to get to know the students and help them as much as possible. I respect all of my educators, and still go back to visit when I go home to Iowa. Teachers like you, DUDE, make me sick and make me really want to help find you a new profession. It is YOUR job to be an educator, and YOUR job to be the voice of reason. My sister is an English Major, and due to the CC standards she has decided to pick another profession. Oh, and she was well protected by my parents and has NO KIDS, but an awesome husband! So, try again TEACHER, right now you just made yourself look like a fool. You can only hope I’m not a mom at your school, I will make your life hell and I will not support a teacher who doesn’t even try to fix what’s wrong!

          • Ella Lohan says:

            It’s very good that you are in college and so on. You had a very good family.

            Please don’t go around calling me “Liberal”. This is what happens to overprotected kids. Take Amish kids for example. They take their Rumspringa. Some of them go absolutely hog-wild because they’ve never had any experience with the real world! As in sleeping with girls, gambling, drinking, and doing things they would never otherwise picture themselves doing.

            In Korea, the kids here are educated 24/7 in private academies, barely spending any time at all with their families, and forced to study all the time. In HS, the genders are separated until college.

            Then they enter college. Guess what happens? All-night drinking parties, men who don’t know how to treat women (never date Korean guys), college kids who stay all night at the PC room playing computer games, and unprotected sex. The worst part is, the men RARELY learn how to treat a woman well, because their parents coddle them up until the age of 30. This is not “liberal logic,” this is facts. That’s what happens when you live in an entire nation of overprotected kids who grow up to be coddled adults.

            Kids who are given normal exposure to the real world, however, are “innoculated” against these temptations. The kids who are allowed to be friends with whomever they want, go out a lot doing things, and start dating at an early age, tend to be the most well-adjusted going to college, and get married at an early age because they know exactly what they want. They’ve already had the necessary exposure to get them used to the real world.

            I’m not talking about “well-protected” kids. I’m talking about overprotected ones. I would hate if you were a parent at my school, because I would have to excuse you for harassment of a teacher. The job is hard enough without parents acting disrespectful too. It’s very strange why you would take 3 lines very personally, because none of them are aimed at YOU, nor do you state “what’s wrong”, so you have a very poor rebuttal to my argument. Being an educator at a private institution to kids who barely respect Western teachers is very hard.

          • CindyLuHu says:

            Those kids aren’t inoculated and poof – now they can be good college students – they have already done everything that they were tempted to do – in the back seat, under the bleachers, drugs, exposed to date rape, parties galore, experimenting with things they have no business doing. Your idea of letting the kids do everything they’re big enough to do and have it be ok (because they are now ‘educated’ in life) is ridiculous.
            That sounds more like giving the parents ‘their’ free time so they boot the kids out the door to do whatever. That is, like it or not, liberal thinking. And you spelled inoculate wrong… one ‘n’ not two. What were you doing during spelling class – and with whom?

          • CindyLuHu says:

            Awesome! I agree! VERY well said! And kudos to your parents!! The Lord will Bless them greatly! (He already has, with your family members!) It would be awesome to live in your hometown!

          • CindyLuHu says:

            Try being a parent. That’s your job – to teach that it’s out there and that it’s wrong, and to beware of it. Good grief. Don’t you own a TV?? Parents don’t have good relationships with their kids anymore. The kids are out socializing so much that the parents can’t even talk to them. So sad what our country has become. Find a good church. One that actually teaches from the Bible – not giving a social 15 minute “sermonette.” Then you have help with keeping them from getting pregnant. They’ll respect themselves and demand respect from others. ~ Just sayin

          • Dallas P. Lile says:

            Ella…there is a difference between “vaccinating” your child to…let’s say…malaria, and throwing them butt naked into a mosquito infested jungle. You obviously do not have children of your own, or your views would be quite different.

          • Ella Lohan says:

            I’m stating my opinion because I grew up pretty sheltered. When I came into the real world, it was almost overwhelming, and I didn’t know how to handle it because I didn’t have the proper socialization to do so. Looking back I think that if I had had the middle school drama, and dating drama, and had come to accept that there’s evil in this world early on, that the real world would’ve been less of a shock. That’s what I mean by vaccination. Kids need to know that drama, or else they’ll never learn how to deal with it when they encounter it.

          • debra pittman says:

            evil is fine ,they get indocdrinated with that enough on tvs, movies and games, they are teaching sex education and birth control in school. they learn about sex to a great degree. but they dont need to learn pornography until they are mentally old enough to deal with it. they also teach them how to watch out for possible sexual predators and people with guns or other hurtful things, i was raised this way and turned out just fine. its good enough for my grand kids and was good for their parents.

          • Ella Lohan says:

            TV shows don’t indoctrinate us as much as conservatives like to claim. We’re not robots. Learning sex ed and birth control are not bad things. Kids need to learn these things so we can prevent teen pregnancy for those who do decide to do it. Believe it or not, kids discover what makes them feel a certain way at an early age, and that is “porn” before porn. Like listening to certain music because it’s like a drug to them. Or getting into fights might give a rise. A body book might give a young kid a rise. So are we supposed to stop that? This book is intended for teenagers, many who’ve already seen porno. This book is not porno, it’s art because the scenes are not meant to titillate, they’re meant to make you feel uncomfortable with what’s to come.

          • charles says:

            You need to be put on the pedophile watch list.

          • Vickie777 says:

            Your logic is seriously flawed. I wasn’t sheltered at all. I watched what I wanted, listened to what I wanted, and read what I wanted. In fact when I was teenager I was allowed to do pretty much whatever I wanted. I quit school at 15 and got pregnant at 16

          • debra pittman says:

            well i dont want her reading this type of stuff till they are more adult and know how to handle it. they are curious enough with out reading this crap and saying that sounds like fun. heck with that

        • saintlaurie says:

          Ron Paul has a homeschool program…free for K-5th grade.Chep for upper grades. google it. Hope this helps a lot.

          • DianaG2 says:

            Hey, that is good to know. I’m looking it up now. Mine are already grown, but there’s always the grandbabies . . .

            :-)

            Very nice. That does look good, and so glad it’s there. Thanks for the tip.

          • klda says:

            Not available in all states or areas.

          • Memphomaniac says:

            However…The KHAN Academy, (also recommended in Dr. Pauls’ latest book..”The School Revolution,:) is FREE. It’s ON LINE! I plan to supplement my grandsons’ public school teaching, with KHAN. Common Core is, to coin Mark Levin, “Soft Tyranny.” It’s indoctrination of our most precious resource, our children. Parents must make a choice between new 22 inch rims for the new ride, or…their childrens’ education. The Statists, are counting on you, to be SHEEPLE. After all, you elected a Manchurian candidate as President. (twice) We are France in 1786. Lock and Load. It won’t be pretty.

          • CindyLuHu says:

            Hey. Not everyone voted him in. :) We all need to continue to talk to people at work, our neighbors, the people we go to church with, and the daycare provider. They need to understand what’s going on. The people that live inside of a bubble desperately need to have it popped! God Bless America!

          • KellyKAFIR says:

            Although I think Khan is great in science and math… be careful because Bill Gates has his filthy paws in charter schools, commie core AND Khan Academy… as well as funds the Islamic Gulen Schools. Bill Gates is evil and a eugenist.

        • Encryption says:

          I agree; and in addition to the impact on your own kids, this kind of ‘education’ (liberal/secular, anti-Judeo-Christian indoctrination) impacts all of society. So even if you keep your own kids out of the public schools (that your taxes are paying for), they are still going to be affected by the thousands whose behavior and, later, voting patterns, will reflect this indoctrination.

          • bodica says:

            Indeed, Encryption, but they will have a ‘weapon’ to fight this junk with and with which to maintain their integrity.

          • Ernesto Guerrero says:

            “that your taxes are paying for”. You hit the nail on the head. Your taxes will still be funding these schools even if your children do not attend them. The best way to deal with this evil is to turn from it. Stop paying taxes into it. The way to do this is to sell anything tangible e.g. house, car, etc. Rent everything. Don’t put monies into banks, at least not in this country. Live on debit or credit cards. Pay them by wire transfers. Do not provide a way the Fed’s can seize and confiscate anything you own of value. Live a good life thereafter. I’ve been doing it for nearly 60 years, it can easily be done.

          • Ella Lohan says:

            Yep. Live in a tent off the grid in the middle of Alaska, then you’ll be away from all those smelly free-love Hippie liberals. Better yet, live under a rock and turn into Gollum! :D “My precious!”

          • Helen Davis says:

            yeah, but it’s a start. One, more future citizen to hold the line. And I am NOT a Christian/Family Values person just an observer of what has happened and will continue to happen if people don’t step up and take whatever action they can.

          • Ella Lohan says:

            Yeah, because “peace, love, and humanity” is such a bad thing to teach. I do agree as a teacher taht the PC-ness thing is getting out of hand. But teaching kids to love those who are different isn’t a bad thing.

          • CindyLuHu says:

            Yea, we can all just throw our morals away! Being different is one thing, but being different in today’s day means violence, and moral degradation. Not acceptable.

          • Ella Lohan says:

            Conservative “oral” countries such as Saudi Arabia or the Catholic Philippines have got more lying men and people hiding their virginity than open cultures like Europe or America.

          • Memphomaniac says:

            …Sure Children can be affected by others. Peer pressure is a difficult thing to handle for those who have no concept of empathy for others, or of exposure to proper moral values and community standards of citizen responsibility and common decency. It is up to YOU to teach your children a moral code based upon family values. A child at age 13, will never consider playing the latest in youthful indiscretion, called “The Knock-out game,” if he/she has been taught basic Right from Wrong. There is indeed, a black and a white. Rationalizing in the “grey” area leads to trouble. Can I control the other children? No. I am responsible for Me and Mine. I do not/will not subjugate that responsibility to any school or government. Forget what “society” finds appealing at the moment. (Miley Cyrus?) We serve a higher calling.

        • Charie says:

          That’s not always true, Mallory. I was going to suggest voucher schools but the money comes from the Feds and they’re bound that everybody teaches Common Core, so many are on the horns of a dilemma.

          You really don’t have to be a brain to teach your kids at home. (as witness what they’re trying to teach students in school. Administrators certainly don’t seem to be well-endowed with gray matter anymore)..

          Actually public schools are much more expensive than charter, and religious schools but those schools can’t extort the money from you the way the feds do.

          I encourage you to try to homeschool your children yourself. Your kids will get a better education and they won’t have to read the porn recommended by the public schools. If you work away from home you might find you can still swing it if you drop your job and homeschool because all around costs are much cheaper. There are organizations of homeschoolers that can give you information. Just put homeschool organizations in a search engine and I’m sure you’ll come up with much information. Good luck..

          • Dwain says:

            The problem with that in today’s USA many parents both have to work and makes it very hard to home school!One of My sons has a really good job and wife does not have to work!She is into home schooling!My daughter and Her husband have good jobs and send their kids to a private school!
            A problem I see is that the most at risk kids will be the ones affected most by this!Welfare people etc:This is the pool that a high % of the gangs and single parent kids come from!!

          • Mallory Patton says:

            You cant simple solve the problem of schooling your children at home by dropping your job…My children also need to be fed, clothed and a roof over there heads. all the basic needs met, giving up my job would not solve that and in fact would worsen it. Bottom line schools need to watch what they feed our children’s moldable minds. That is the only option that will work. My taxes are paid and I should be able to trust what my children our taught.

          • Laura says:

            The school system is broken.It’s only going to get worse ,the government runs the schools.Parents are the only ones watching after the kids .The government just wants dependent voters.

          • Ella Lohan says:

            The government runs the schools all over the world. At least American education is free. In China you have to pay for schooling no matter what!

          • Leah Faith says:

            My mom was a single mother and she worked the night shift, sent us to the neighbor’s to sleep, and homeschooled us during the day. Where there is a will, and with God’s anointing, there is a way. I’d suggest getting alone with God, seeking his provision and asking him to find ways to which you can homeschool your children. You may have to do without a lot of creature comforts, but I pray you find a way! I understand that you may not be able to afford to send your children to a private school, but you are a mom and so God will help you find a way to be at home to raise them, trust Him!

          • bodica says:

            Wow! Your mom was amazing!

          • UMCgirl says:

            Mallory, You are doing the best you can. Hang in there!

          • Ella Lohan says:

            You only wish kids could “brainwashed” as easily as that. I teach in Asia. The best word for this culture is “robots”…these people culturally follow everyone else to the Nth degree. But, a Western teacher can’t “brainwash” them or do anything like that. The kids think for themselves. Either they love the material or they hate the material we give them. I can’t tell them how to think or feel. I try to drill it into their heads to respect the Western teachers (the kids here are mighty disrespectful), and yet they act really out of control. Kids aren’t “robots” that much. THey’re independent entities who know what they like and what tehy don’t like, and even know what they want to follow starting from a young age. Just try teaching a strong-willed 5-year old. Ugh!

          • CindyLuHu says:

            Yes you should be able to trust them. But the bottom line is YOU CAN’T. That’s what all of this is about. If you are a single mom of course you can’t quit your job and starve. Your option is to be at every function that goes on at the school. Participate. Know your kids’ teachers and get to know other parents… they may hear what you don’t. And review what your kids learned every day or almost every day. Have a 100% open relationship with your kids so they can easily tell you what happened at school that day… because you want to hear it. No matter how crappy your day might have been. In our house, the kids’ best interest came before us. That’s how to raise good kids now days. Be on top of everything! Know every friend they have and if need be, be a good example to their friends. and hang in there – it’s sooo worth it!

          • DianaG2 says:

            It’s also a lot of fun, and you get to know your kids on your and their own terms, instead of all being siphoned through some sort of “pop culture” filter.

        • Dwain says:

          I totally agree with You!!Most can not afford private school.They still are taxed for public schools and then pay for private schools is not fair!!

        • kristymom says:

          I agree Mallory. I have three. I pulled them out when they put Kevin Jennings in as the “safe and drug free schools” czar. I saw this coming. Homeschooling can be cheap, even free. (check out http://www.allinonehomeschool.com ). The loss of my income has definitely not been easy, but it is absolutely worth the sacrifice to know my children actually are safe from predators and that they are not being “educated” into criminality and depravity. Putting books like this into the hands of children deliberately should be criminal!

          • bodica says:

            Congratulations, kristymom – you are saving yourself from a lotta lotta grief.

          • CindyLuHu says:

            I agree! Your children need to be protected – not only physically but emotionally too. They are trying to change our population to feel worthless inside and to deaden the soul. (hence removal of God) Protect your kids any way you can. All kids are wonderful!

        • Judy says:

          Yes, you should be able to send your children to public school and not have to worry about stuff like this. But the fact is, you can’t. It’s getting worse and will continue to get worse. That deal was sealed when the public school system came under the federal government’s control. Most parents do have the option of taking their children out of public school and putting them in private school or homeschooling them but most parents just don’t want to change their priorities. They don’t want to give up the double income or downsize their homes, or drive older model cars that are more easily paid for, or get rid of all the extras like ipads, ipods, cell phones, cable or satellite tv. Yes, it would be very difficult for a single parent to do it, but even then it can often be done. Where there is a will, there is a way (usually).

        • Rob says:

          Everybody elses kids public school is expensive for me. I pay way to0 much for it. My taxes my decision. Get this crap off of the curriculum!

        • Helen Davis says:

          I wouldn’t call it filth but I would call it inappropriate to the context–school–and maybe to the age, depending on what guidance there is for the reader and maturity level. Parents not only should have choices easier to make, realistically, but have a responsibility to make those choices.

          • Ella Lohan says:

            I read WAY WAY worse Harry Potter fanfiction than this at the age of 11 :P This is nothing compared to that!

        • DianaG2 says:

          Blecccccchhh!!!

          Where’s my barf bag?

          I agree with your other point, also, though. Not every parent has the option.

          What about homeschooling in your state?

        • CindyLuHu says:

          Unfortunately, while the average family was enjoying their innocent lifestyle the government was setting all of this up. Of course the majority of people can’t afford to protect their children from the horrid things of public school – that’s part of the plan; to collapse America. And those who feel it’s fine not to vote need to be prodded to vote in 2014 and get rid of those who voted against what’s right. 2014 might be our last hope to get conservative people back into our government. Encourage everyone you know to get out and vote for what’s right for our youth, our elderly, middle class and for our country as a whole. ~ Just sayin

          • Ella Lohan says:

            If more kids get “protected” in the homeschooling bubble, then we’ll have more guys who don’t know how to treat girls, and girls who don’t know how to treat people in general. In Korea, there are public girls’ and boy’s schools that shield both genders from each other. When they get out and mix again in college, that’s when all hell breaks loose because they don’t know how to communicate to each other. Korea’s a conservative country, and it shows. Not in a good way either.

      • tnetcenter says:

        Nolan – you’re right! WE have a choice! We have the choice to stand up and DEMAND that this kind of garbage not be used to indoctrinate our kids and grand-kids! MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT! It is INDOCTRINATION! Common Core should be called COMMUNIST CORE – it’s a blueprint for the indoctrination of our children into a socialist-communist mind set disguised as “education”.

        Common Core and everything that goes with it needs to be eliminated from our educational system for the sake of our children!

        • DianaG2 says:

          I agree, except I don’t think Communist or socialist parents would want this, either.

          • em. says:

            as a socialist… yeah I wouldn’t want a child to read this, it’s vile.

          • Adam Weisshaupt says:

            Then Communist and Socialist Parents Don’t understand what Communism and Socialism is about. Its about the destruction of the Family, the annihilation of previous cultures and values and being programmed via a totalitarian state using force to compel everyone into supporting and contributing to the same agenda. The only difference between Socialism and Fascism is that the State allows cronies to Maintain “ownership” and reap the rewards of various institutions as long as those institutions faithful serve the needs of the State. This is brainwashing- its performed by introducing shocks to minds that are incapable of dealing with those shocks, in order to make them vulnerable and ready to accept the new programming. Look it up. If you are a Socialist- you are already a sociopath and victim to such programming- for you advocate that the State OWNS the labor of other human beings and can extract and extort that value for “the common good” – “Gemeinnutz geht vor eigennutz” – Socialist reject the idea that individuals have inalienable rights – they reject the very idea of personal freedom, for they believe they have the freedom to make other work for them, live as they think they should live, act as if they have the values they should have ( You better take pictures of that Gay Wedding!) and support an agenda mandated by the state in violation of their right of conscience. Socialism end up the same way each and every time its tried for a reason- because Power corrupts and Leftists are simply too childish,arrested in emotional and intellectual development at about the age of 5, to ever understand that concept- and that is the reason they reject the adult responsibility of assuming risk and dealing with real life – preferring instead to make mommy and daddy government lord and protector- not just of them- but everyone.

          • druekberg says:

            Actually, no, Socialism is about sharing equally with everyone, whether you are rich or poor. I don’t get why middle class and lower middle class people vote for wealthy Conservatives and conservative Republicans who want to destroy all the gains made since the early part of the 20th century to bolster education and the arts and to fight poverty, in favor of giving big handouts to the wealthy and corporations (“Corporate Welfare”). Maybe it’s because they don’t choose to educate themselves, or educate themselves within a narrow band of prescribed materials of “indoctrination” they get mainly from media outlets such as FOX News and the like, which are supported by ruthless and cynical billionaires like Rupert Murdoch, et al. “Top 1% Control 39% of World’s Wealth” does NOT refer to Obama and the people who fight for economic justice in this country (http://www.cnbc.com/id/100780163).

          • Steven Robinson says:

            VERY WELL STATED, Adam!!

            Another slogan I’d state is, “The difference between a Socialist and a Communist is that the Socialist will look away when the Communist puts a bullet into your head.” Bernie Sanders is a socialist, while Bill Ayers is a Communist.

            The Communist Manifesto details the Seven Abolitions to change the culture of a country, preparing it for Socialism. They are as follows:

            1. Abolish the concept of “private property”, which is to say that the product of YOUR hands and mind doesn’t belong to you. Rather it belongs to the “community” as a whole.

            2. Abolish the family unit, with it home-schooling. The social institution of the family unit should be destroyed because the State is entrusted with the raising of the children and the wife should be in the work force, not raising children.

            3. Marriage must be eliminated along with the concept of monogamy. Rather there should be a community of sex partners. And YOU thought the “Free Love” movement of the sixties was all about hippies overactive libido!

            4. Abolish national identity and borders. You see the whole illegal immigration & amnesty movement rooted in this abolishment.

            The last three are so closely intertwined that Marx lists them together, and you’ll see the relevance of these issues played out over the past 50 years here in the United States.

            5, 6, & 7. Abolish Eternal truths, Religion and Morality. The “State” will establish all truths (Moral relativism, Values clarification, etc.); it will be the “religion” of all the people; And the it will tell you what is “Right or Wrong” each and every day! Which of course can change from day to day!

            So here are the “Seven cultural Abolishings” to be implemented to create their “Socialist Utopia”.

          • Brian Howton says:

            Mr. Weisshaupt, please reread what you wrote and ask yourself whether you made an argument and defended it with reasonable claims and evidence or only allowed your emotions a two-hundred word space for expression. Because you spoke favorably of responsibility, I assume you will take the charge of irrationality seriously, unless that is you believe logic is communist plot.

          • DianaG2 says:

            Well, I don’t know anything about any of these things. It just seems unlikely that any ECONOMIC system would make parents thing these books are ok, but what do I know?

            You obviously know a lot about this topic, so I stand corrected.

        • Brian Howton says:

          Mr. Ashman, do you have proof of any of this? The Western education system has been revised through time, certainly, but for over two thousand years at least the idea of what it means to be educated has remained the same. Books and theories change not with the fashions or political agendas but in accord with utility. Sometimes the fight is a difficult one, i.e. the Scientific Revolution of the 17th century, but in the broad scheme indoctrination as you put it has always been into the system of knowledge. And in that same time, society has tended mostly toward greater freedom, market liberalization (you may not like that use of the word but I assure you it means capitalism), and social prosperity. It is the sign of a healthy society that it can bear to look at its own backside. Only a deluded fop could not bear to see his own fat and hair. My suggestion is that rather than leading to our great nation’s demise, it might be instead to our benefit to expose children, even those as young as 17 and 18, to some of the worst aspects of our culture. This is not an un-American goal, it would be un-American for us to hide it. It is instead profoundly American. The driving force of our culture is a belief in our own potential. As Reagan and some preacher once said, we can be that shining city on the hill. We can, but not by lying about reality and refusing to see ourselves (and here I mean ourselves in both the collective and the singular sense, as a nation and as individuals) in the mirror.

          • Ethan B. Dixon says:

            Brian,

            I appreciate the direction you are taking the conversation, and I don’t think that Obama/Common Core is the devil. But, I will agree that this is a strange choice for a book.

            It’s not a matter of looking at humanity’s worst, most of these people seem to be bothered by the fact that they “worst” is being idealized perhaps? The Bible has some pretty graphic and horrific things in it, but it’s point is usually clear within the context.

            I imagine the author is making a heavy-handed point at the self-righteousness of the the religious antagonist which, I suppose is something worth talking about but does it require the necessity of such graphic descriptions of rape and pedophilia? I’m not so sure.

            I imagine I would have to actually read the book to see what the point of the horror of those sentences were, but I don’t think I will. I’m just too visual in my reading so it would bother me to the point I couldn’t see the broader picture the author was painting.

            So, as an educator the question in relation to the text. Is the explicit nature necessary to the young adult’s (not child’s) education? Is there a text that would teach the same lesson but without the “flith”.

            On a side note, there are lists of books for common core. The teacher would not HAVE to select this particular book for their students from my understanding.

          • Brian Howton says:

            Ethan, Thank you for your reply. As a matter of opinion, I do think the common curriculum poses problems for teachers’, and for that matter communities’, liberty to educate their own. But it is a necessary evil, given the fact that some states, my own homestate of Louisiana included, by forcing science to rehash its oldest debate against mythology, are hindering the success of its students. For that reason, I admire the spirit of this curriculum. It enforces the standard. But when it comes to the humanities, the standard is not easily defined. The liberal arts are not a branch of science, they are not concerned with facts. Rather their design is to further understanding. Let me make myself clear, I did not say compassion or sympathy, the liberal arts further understanding. Understanding creates the world in which we reason. It is formed through experience and art. Stories are a big part of this. Because in order to reason well we must reason in a world, understanding is essential to our practice as human beings. A large part of education is shaped by this.

            I will not defend the choice of one particular book, since in terms of the argument the choice is irrelevant. Instead, I’d like to focus on the idea that any one book can be rejected for its prurience, or for that matter its violence or avarice or heresy, or any other kind of viciousness we may want to charge it with.

            In my previous comment I expressed a view that art is mimetic. In the words of Hamlet, it “hold[s] as ’twere, the mirror up to nature.” This of course is a common view, but it is not complete. There is much that art can do and much that it does. The Bible, which you mentioned, provides abundant examples of non-naturalistic explanations of the world. This form of art and others like it, which cannot be captured by the term realism, will have to be pushed aside for the moment, since I think what troubles people so much about “The Bluest Eye” is that the fiction purports to be real (at least, I can’t imagine people minding so much if the rape was disguised as myth — in fact, they don’t —or if the whole story had been told from the point of view of an alien, which might read as science like the report from Jane Goodall).

            Realistic art can be determined good only if the nature it purports to represent does in fact exists. It matters little whether nature is good or not, since those moralisms are beyond the scope of the craft. All that matters to the novelist, and all that should matter to us as readers of realistic fiction, is whether or not the world is as it is portrayed to be. In that sense, I can’t understand why anyone would want to exclude a book that represents of a fact just because the fact it represents is unpleasant. If the point of the book is to expose that unpleasant fact, then there can be no better way to accomplish this. Of course, some truths are just difficult to bear. And this is why authors employ irony, which not only distances themselves from the text but also the reader. It may happen that irony is misunderstood. The author of this article provides us with a good example when she impugns Ms Morrison for describing the father’s desire to rape his daughter “tenderly”. This word is intended to send shivers down our spines. And this clearly was the case with Ms France. But it is also written as though with a wink. The shiver should shock us. It should make us think. Rather than enticing compassion for the rapist, it exposes his irrationality in being able to unite two polar oppositions like tenderness and rape.

            Of course, art is large. Any one artifact may present us with many truths. It may be that the larger point of “The Bluest Eye” is, as you said, a heavy-handed charge against religious self-righteousness. If that is the case, and it is only this point that a teacher is interested in teaching, then yes, there may be other books that can be used to teach this lesson, books that are perhaps not as deep, books that may be just as good in representing reality. But will they be books that stimulate this much discussion? Will they be books that force students and teachers both to think? Will they present us with realities we would much rather ignore and by doing so challenge us? Maybe. It depends on the book.

            I don’t want to write prescriptions here. I think every teacher ought to be able to chose what to teach. But this would require every teacher to be open to knowledge and understanding. It would require a world that may not as of now exist. I know I’m speaking of an ideal. The point of doing so is to define a project. Only cynics will dismiss projects as fantasies. Everyone else will realize that by ideals progress is made possible. And for those willing to take an open stance to truth, greater rewards may be had. Teachers will be given full liberty to educate the youth only when they can be trusted with the responsibility. Until then, it will remain a matter for families, communities, and, as long as schools need the money, the federal government. The choice, as they say, is ours.

          • Ella Lohan says:

            You want real “horror”? Read Harry Potter fanfiction. OH MY GOD THE BAD WRITING MY EYES ARE BLEEDING D:

        • Ella Lohan says:

          *sigh* Conspiracy theorists. Yeah, if brainwashing was that easy, I would’ve already had my class respecting Westerners and sitting still in their seats so I can actually teach them. But it don’t work that way, nope nope nope!

      • Sally Horton says:

        no, many religious schools are adopting common core, and if they are going to get vouchers, the schools MUST adopt common core standards. This was proposed by Luther Olsen, a republican; try searching his name with a comma and the word babysitter after it… Gov Walker, touted as a conservative by the traitorous msm, (yes, Fox, too) actually has been named as a major stockholder in the company that owns the common core curriculum.

        ya say ya want a revolution?

        • Virginia Torres says:

          That is not true for all the Christian schools…non of the ones here in FL are going by the common core! only the public schools because private Christian schools are not ran by the government!

        • DianaG2 says:

          Walker is only interested in selling himself to make $$$$, regardless of ideology.

          I don’t think he’s very bright.

        • SturJen says:

          Luther Olsen is a RINO, we’ve been trying to get rid of his lame butt for years.

      • Concern Citizen says:

        If you think your kids will be safe from the common core standarts in a charter, private or even homeschooled setting. sadly you are mistaken.. CCST will be forced upon every single school age child regardless of their educational situation, this is why it is imperative that we as parents become active in stopping ccst and repealing it. as well as educate those other parents that have never heard of CCST.. this reminds me of that poem by pastor Martin Niemoller.. instead that in this case it will be first they came for the public schoolers.. etc

      • Susan Royston Fiori says:

        Private schools are following Common Core also. Yes, the school should retain its faith values and identity but if they aren’t sure how to exactly implement CC, they may just take what record.emendations are given them. In every school it is going to be the parents’ job to watch what is going on; as it always has been.

      • Judy says:

        Homeschooling is also an option.

      • Heather says:

        I cannot afford private school and as a single mother- I have to work to support my kids. When could I homeschool them?

        In addition, I subscribe to no particular religion. All the private schools in my area are rabidly Christian. While I would prefer that to porn, how would I get a scholarship when I do not support their beliefs?

        I would not want to read that book. It makes my guts sick. In my situation, how could I protect my kids?

        • Mossnan says:

          Homeschooling only requires four hours per day. I’m sure no matter your schedule, you have four hours to dedicated to your children and their education. I do it. My husband and I work full time. We have homeschooled successfully for 8 years.

        • Ella Lohan says:

          *facepalms* A kid only spends about 7 hours in an American school, then the rest of that time with their parents. Note that these “children” aren’t children at 11th grade! They’re mature young adults who can think on their own. Ever heard of teenage rebellion? Some kids at 11th grade drop out of school, get a job, and live on their own! Be thankful your kids still wanna go to school at all! I’m not meaning to be rude, but you can’t overprotect your kids from all literature!

      • DianaG2 says:

        I like that advice.

      • Matthew Reece says:

        Unschooling is the best option.

      • Samual says:

        Removing your child from public school will not help. The schools will still have millions of students to indoctrinate. These brain-washed students will one day be our police and government officials who will further corrupt our system and put us in jail for not agreeing with them. Get the government out of schools is all we can do.

      • CindyLuHu says:

        Noland… Any religious or private school that accepts ANY money or anything else will be dictated to and controlled by the government. The gov’t would love to give those schools money however, those schools stay separated for that very reason. What are you thinking??

    • DianaG2 says:

      “Fifty Shades” has pedophilia?

      I didn’t know that — Not that I’d ever read it, but . . . just wondering? I thought it was just soft porn between adults?

      • rhappleby says:

        I only read the first book, and decided the other two were not worth my time to read. I was instructing some Italian students (ages 14-17) and asked what their favorite books were and one said 50 shades of grey. I responded that I thought it was pornographic and asked the girls if they would like to be as the one in the book. One girl said she really would like to be her. I was a bit shocked. Not sure if Fifty Shades has pedophilia, but it certainly has far out ideas about relationships between man and woman. And definitely more than soft porn.

        • DianaG2 says:

          Okay, I didn’t know it was more than soft porn.

          But, I agree — that one girl is probably a survivor of abuse.

          I also agree this is truly sickening.

          • HollyP says:

            Well I did read the entire series of 50 shades. Why because my daughter who is 16 admitted her friends were reading it. I wanted to see what it was all about. Sadly I read of page of each book. It was one of the most poorly written drivel I have ever read. There was NO pedophilia in any of the books. All acts were done by consenting adults. However the book was marketed and written in such a way it was targeting kids my daughters age. I do not think it was written at all as if the female main charter acted or thought as a child. Yes she was sheltered and inexperienced in certain areas but not child like at all. The marketing and advertising of this book was the biggest issue I saw with it. While both charters were adults it was written in such a way to target teens as readers. The BDSM books are huge right now. They are easily accessible to kids, and like 50 shade targeted towards kids and young adults. In the book the “red room” had instruments made to cause sever pain. Not some soft porn that touched on alternative life styles as they like to call it but some serious dangerous items and ideas. In other books that I know her friends are reading it goes as far breath control and other insane ideas kids have no business trying. The new trend is making BDSM the new Cinderella fairy tale. True love is letting a man have complete control over your body and mind. It is extremely sick and twisted to target such a young readership with this as the way your love life should be. However I do not believe in book banning at all I control what my children read and read books they are reading. I can only control what my kids do, and while it take a village; book banning is a dangerous idea. That being said it doesn’t mean educational institutions should push these ideas on children.

          • DianaG2 says:

            That is so gross — I’m getting nauseous.

            Some young people have died from this “breath control” garbage. I heard or read something about it, and was asking my kids. They have heard of it, but fortunately, don’t know much about it.

            “True love is letting a man have complete control” . . . . well, perhaps, if his name is Jesus of Nazareth, and if he is the Messiah.

            But He does not strive to take away our free will.

          • ModerateMeYouDilutedJesusFreak says:

            Because a girl would like to be like a character in a book that has alternative sexual situations and she “is probably a survivor of abuse”?

            This kind of passive judgement of REAL PEOPLE YOU HAVE NEVER MET AND ONLY KNOW ONE SMALL FACT ABOUT THEM is worse than any fictional sex scene in Toni Morrison’s novel.

          • Charie says:

            You deserve your name, you screwed up creep! Who are you to call names? I can tell by your post that you’re one of those rosy-glasses, rainbow, unicorn loving,Progs! Those are all symbols of the rotten, psycho attitude of people like you to cover up the sewers that are your minds. I don’t even have to know you, I can tell what you are just by your user name! Get out of here and take your intolerant, nasty keyboard with you!

            Are you a pedophile looking for 14 year old girls? NAMBLA perhaps? You’re disgusting!

          • DianaG2 says:

            WTG, Charlie! :-)

            Bless your heart.

      • Robin H says:

        See Tabitha’s links above. I believe it was the American Thinker article that I had read.

      • Ella Lohan says:

        *cough cough* It’s poorly written porn for adults :D I’ve read better fanfiction lol!

    • ~Tamaraine says:

      Parents, you do have a choice. Fortunately in Arizona we have a choice and I have chosen a charter school that publishes the Great Books of the western civilization that my 9th grade daughter will read each school year. Books like “Great Expectations”, “The Old Man and the Sea” and “The Red Badge of Courage”. Sadly, it doesn’t surprise me “The Bluest Eye” has been added to high school reading lists, we now live in a world where wrong is right and right is wrong….God help us.

      • BlueMeanie says:

        and they’ve been trying to attack the charter school system for decades.

      • momoffour says:

        unfortunately the charter school in Arizona my children are at have decided to use common core standards. I will be making my voice known and will be in the classroom deciding which books my 11th grader will be reading & not reading

        • Robbie Sandi Neal says:

          Yeah I heard last year that Obama and Oprah were apart of the charter school system. That wasz a red flag to me so we decided to homeschool.

        • MCzwz says:

          Good for you! I wish you strength, the courage of your convictions, and the ability to withstand the “slings and arrows” that will undoubtedly be slung at you by — more than likely — both parents and school administrators who may have already drunk the kook-aid. <– Not a typo. They *are* KOOKS!

          I hope and pray there are still enough parents out there willing and able to fight for their children and the country's future.

          God Bless you all!

      • DianaG2 says:

        You know, I took a women’s literature class in college, back in the ’70′s. I was already an “older” student then — in my late 20′s!

        The Bluest Eye was one of the books required for the class. At the time, I was unaware (consciously) of my “survivor” status. I.e., I did not yet know that I had a history of childhood sexual abuse myself.

        I dropped out of the class because of that book, it made me so depressed and upset. I only gave the instructor some baloney excuse —- “schedule conflict with day care” or some such.

        I could not risk the potential humiliation or misunderstanding.

        This instructor is now an author of college textbooks on grammar (not literature, really), and I’ve often wondered how productive it would be to email her and tell her the truth?

        Back then, there was no real awareness of childhood abuse.

        • Nanajane says:

          It may not be productive, but I think you should email her with the truth. It just may make her think.

        • Fred Ronald King Jr. says:

          Nana Jane is right. Even if it doesn’t bring about your former imstructor’s conversion, it will expose her to the truth.

          • DianaG2 says:

            Thanks for responding, FRKJ. See my post to NJ, above.

            Perhaps I can look you guys up later, and I will tell you what happened? (I think we all have profiles on DisQus or something?)

            I appreciate both of your replies. Thanks for taking the time to care about someone you never even met.

            You know, it’s just weird how something like that can be hidden, and yet — always so common.

            Take care.

        • Ann Wong says:

          Definitely email get so she is aware. It may help some other students too.

        • yolla says:

          I Agree with Nanajane, Please email her and let her know why you left her class, and the truth about how you feel.

          • DianaG2 says:

            I appreciate the support from everyone. I’ve decided to email her, but no luck finding her email or any contact information.

            Her books are apparently published by Bedford/St.Martin’s. I’ve been looking on that website, but can’t find anything so far.

            I’ll keep looking, though. Thanks, Yolla, Ann, Fred and Nanajane. I really appreciate your caring.

      • AZDancer says:

        It was my understanding that once the state adopted the common core standards they would apply to ALL education, whether it be public, private, charter, religious based and even home school. I could be wrong on this, but I did hear or read about it. It may have been something discussed and not adopted.

        My concern is that if the parents had this reading material in their home and they had their children read it, if CPS became involved they would consider this pornography and the children would be taken away. This is no different than Playboy! It is not acceptable on a CPS level for parents so why are we accepting something that would result in the removal of your child from your home and custody in our education system? Is that not a double standard.

        Also, when I attended a meeting at the elementary school regarding Common Core I asked for the reading this and was told we could not have it. We also asked how special education services would be done and they had no answer – they did not know! There was no provision at that time to accommodate special education needs or IEP requirements.

        • Influence Freedom says:

          It shouldn’t because it was based on the knowledge that you can opt out of it. However, they keep trying to put pressure on those opting out.

    • Jacob Aud says:

      http://wol.jw.org/en/wol/d/r1/lp-e/1102011168
      How Can I Protect Myself From Sexual Predators?

      Each year, millions of people are raped or otherwise sexually abused, and research shows that young people are a prime target. For example, it’s estimated that in the United States, about half of all rape victims are under 18 years of age.

      Because of the prevalence of abuse, it is vital that you consider this topic.

    • Jacob Aud says:

      *** g83 12/22 pp. 17-19 Does It Matter What I Read? ***

      Young People Ask . . .

      Does It Matter What I Read?

      WHEN Jacques was not enjoying archery, running or gymnastics, he was often found reading a book. “I was searching for the truth,” he says, “and so I got absorbed in books about psychic phenomena. However, far from adding enjoyment to life, books made me so depressed that I decided to commit suicide.”

      Jacques’ sad experience illustrates that what you read affects you—for better or for worse. And while few books might affect a person so drastically, it would be foolish to conclude that one can read just anything and not be affected—especially when you consider just how much reading material is available today.

      Make a visit to a good-sized library. It likely contains thousands or even millions of books—“romance” novels, science fiction, history, sports stories. A lifetime would not be long enough to read all of this! No wonder, then, that long before the era of mass printing King Solomon warned young people: “Take a warning: To the making of many books there is no end, and much devotion to them is wearisome to the flesh.” (Ecclesiastes 12:12) Solomon was not discouraging reading; he was just advising you to be selective. But what should you select?

      Choosing Your “Conversations” Carefully

      Your mind, like your body, thrives—or starves—on what you feed it. No nutrition-minded person would eat a junk-food diet. But what about how you feed your mind? English philosopher Francis Bacon put it this way: “Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.” And we might add, some books are not worth reading in the first place!

      Consider, too, what 17th-century French philosopher René Descartes said: “When one reads good books it is like having a conversation with men of breeding who lived in the past. We might even call it a selective conversation in which the author expresses only his most noble thoughts.” The problem is, however, that not all writers’ thoughts are really noble—not even those who “lived in the past.” And what of today’s crop of writers? They are part of a generation the Bible predicted would be “lovers of themselves, lovers of money, self-assuming, haughty, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, disloyal, having no natural affection, not open to any agreement, slanderers, without self-control, fierce, without love of goodness.” (2 Timothy 3:1-3) Would you want to “converse” with people like this? ‘Why not?’ you may ask.

      The Bible answers by stating: “Bad associations spoil useful habits.” (1 Corinthians 15:33) Yes, the people with whom you associate can mold your personality. Have you ever spent so much time with a friend that you found yourself beginning to act, talk and even think like your friend? Well, reading a book is like spending hours with the one who wrote it. Unwittingly, you can be strongly influenced.

      Two youths, for example, read a book featuring reincarnation. Reportedly, they were so moved by what they read that they began to think of death as an escape from the problems they were facing. So they stole a car and deliberately smashed it into a concrete wall! How profoundly they were affected by their “conversation” with the author of that book!

      Of course, to what extent a writer might influence you would have a great deal to do with the subject he writes about. A “conversation” with an expert cook, a foreign-language teacher or a tourist guide might reveal little about the writer’s morality or view of life. But a “conversation” with a philosopher or even a teen-romance novelist could reveal an unrealistic or even warped view of life.

      You may therefore conclude that it is safer to stick with books on factual subjects. Even here, however, the principle Jesus stated at Matthew 24:15 is pertinent: “Let the reader use discernment.” Learn to analyze and weigh what you read. Be aware of the fact that all humans are afflicted with a certain amount of bias and are not always totally honest in their portrayal of facts. The Bible cautions us against accepting unquestioningly everything we read or hear: “Anyone inexperienced puts faith in every word, but the shrewd one considers his steps.”—Proverbs 14:15.

      Is fiction “off limits”? Not necessarily. There are some books, written especially for teenaged youths, that are not only entertaining but educational. And, of course, there are “classics” and other fictional works that have real value. Nevertheless, care should be exercised in selecting a book of this type. Does it feature senseless violence, sex or occult practices? Just a glance at the cover will often answer these questions. And what about the book’s characters? Are the “heroes” people who indulge in things God condemns, such as fornication and drunkenness? If so, have the strength of character to put the book down. There are so many upbuilding things to read that it is foolish to waste time on books that do not build up.

      “Look Out . . .”

      Caution should also be taken in reading anything that expounds a philosophy of life. Teen magazines, for example, are full of advice on everything from dating to premarital sex—not always advice a Christian could use, however. And what about books that plunge into weighty philosophical questionings? Are they wholesome reading?

      A young Frenchman named Jean-Marc says: “At age 13 I started reading books dealing with death, suffering and the purpose of life. However, the wide diversity of answers, which included philosophical, religious and political theories, left me dissatisfied. I wondered why life is so uncertain.”

      Jean-Marc did not wonder for long, however. Two young girls who were Jehovah’s Witnesses helped him see what the Bible had to say about the purpose of life; namely, that man exists to serve God. (Revelation 4:11) They also helped him develop a Bible-based hope for a coming better world where peace and justice will prevail. (2 Peter 3:13) Jean-Marc thus received satisfying answers to his questions, not just empty speculations. No wonder the Bible cautions: “Look out: perhaps there may be someone who will carry you off as his prey through the philosophy and empty deception according to the tradition of men . . . and not according to Christ.” (Colossians 2:8) Go, instead, to the real source of wisdom—the Bible. Nevertheless, Jean-Marc’s experience illustrates that reading can also affect you beneficially.

      It Matters What You Read!

      Studying the Bible and Bible-related publications has had a profoundly good effect on many youths. One Japanese girl, for example, says that reading the Bible helped her keep her mind off sex—often a problem for youths. “I always put the Bible near my bed and make a point of reading it before going to sleep,” she says. “It is when I am alone and have nothing to do (such as at bedtime) that my mind sometimes turns toward sex. So reading the Bible really helps me!”

      Another youth fell into sexual immorality. The reason? “I was starving spiritually,” he said. But he adds: “I started to read the Watchtower and Awake! magazines, as well as the book Your Youth—Getting the Best out of It. Gradually I regained my spiritual strength and cleaned up my life. Now I am happy.” So “conversing” with the people of faith written about in the Bible can give you real moral fiber. This can greatly add to your happiness.

      Will you take the time to read the Bible and publications that help you understand it? Remember, what you read can help or hurt you, confuse or enlighten you. But if you give priority to reading God’s Word you are sure to benefit. And if you still have time to do other reading, no one will begrudge your taking the time to do so occasionally. Just be sure that you are selective about what you read. For it can truly be said: “Tell me what you read, and I will tell you what kind of person you are.”

      [Footnotes]

      Publications of the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society.

      [Picture on page 18]

      With so many thousands of books, you must be selective

      - Young People Ask, Answers that Work (Watchtower Bible and Tract Society)

    • william says:

      everyone is becoming desensitized, especially children. not only do they enjoy sex, they crave it. the gentle, tender, charming type they actually seek. you can thank the media, Hollywood, and schools. Little girls don’t care who is touching them, as long as its someone. Charming.

    • AdderTude says:

      I thought “Fifty Shades of Grey” was about BDSM between young adults (also graphically described).

    • Don Gwinn says:

      Fifty Shades of Grey is astoundingly awful, but you’re the first person I’ve ever heard argue that it’s about pedophilia. Could you please share your reasoning on that one?
      If you’d said it was written as a love story/erotica despite actually being about a crazy, abusive relationship between repulsive characters held up as ideals, sure, I think you could back that up easily with a plot summary. But pedophilia?

    • silentnomore says:

      That action would be that of a responsible parent. Folks had better wake up to what is being taught to our children. Your daughter will get over it & one day will thank you for caring as my 3 did.

    • Ella Lohan says:

      Fifty Shades of Grey was so bad it’s good. No no it’s so bad it’s bad XD I read all kinds of sexy novels when I was in HS and was a virgin up until the age 22. Go figure. Your daughter is in 11th grade! What is she, 5 years old??? You can’t censor the world form her!

    • DianaG2 says:

      Yes, good for you.

    • Debra says:

      I agree with the desensitizing of students part, but the Fifty Shades books have nothing to do with pedophilia (not advocating for them, they’re really horrendous and I have no idea what all the hype is about, but don’t label them something they’re not).

    • Fred Ronald King Jr. says:

      I agree with you and disagree with the author who states, “Through some bizarre loopholes in educational policy, this book and others like it are allowed in the classroom.”
      This is no “bizarre loophole” its a very clever plot by the diabolical .

    • nancy says:

      How exactly is Fifty Shades of Grey about pedophilia? The main characters are both adults. And no kid should be reading that book.

    • Deanna Schweickart says:

      You obviously haven’t read 50 shades of gray if you think that is what the book is about. its about two adults who were victims as children and you learn what happened to them as children. It is statements like this that make non extremist reading about the core problem or any politcal issue feel that your sites are not very creditable. Now having said that. I am an avid reader and I am of sound mind, I can now make sure I take a more involved role in what is actually being changed in my childrens school curriculum. Just because this is being allowed does not mean that the school systems will choose this book from the long list they have to choose from. It also doesn’t mean that if it does get by the school officals that my child will choose it from the long list they have to choose from (and of course I will not allow it.) My advise to anyone who supports this group is: Stick to the subject and Please choose your words wisely or people will just think you are going to extremes and never read past your opening statement. Good Luck to you and your cause. I will continue to utilize this orinazation so that I can keep a more informed and watchful eye on my local school system.

    • Realistic says:

      This book, The Bluest Eye, does anything BUT desensitize you. It is intended to make you uncomfortable. To put you in the shoes so to speak of the struggles of these young black girls. If you were comfortable reading about their struggles then there is probably more wrong with your mental state than what this book would ever cause. And comparing this book to 50 Shades of Grey….well that is apples to oranges. Read the book, then judge.

  7. Wayne Sexton says:

    Sex was invented by God. Sex should be taught at home, the right way…not by educators. This Core Curriculum is of the devil. This government in place right now is of the devil himself. Ridiculous!

  8. skepticalvoter says:

    “It aligns with the standards and meets the course objectives and needs of students.”

    And exactly WHICH needs would those be? More and more each day we are having Socialist views, doctrines and teachings shoved down our throats and that includes our children. This SHOULD NOT be required reading. At best it should be available in the school library for elective reading unless the school also intends to approach sex education in the same manner as this book portrays it. The school is not the parent.

  9. Constitution101 says:

    Then these parents either need to get their kids to start gathering the other kids parent’s phone numbers in the first few weeks of school to start informing them of what this sick curriculum is about. Also the parents can go up to other parents when during the first few weeks as the parents typically drop off their kids until the bus route’s begin to kick in.

  10. Henry Jury says:

    porn has no place….anywhere

  11. Lily says:

    Sickened to my stomach.. I’m a mother of 3 girls …

  12. sherry says:

    should be in the porno section the little room you have to to be 21 to go into but not in school

    • ginger says:

      Isn’t it interesting that this filth can be “taught” in the public school room, but mention God or Christian and see how quickly they shut that down.

      • Marishi says:

        My thoughts exactly. I believe the downfall of society was when we decided it was ok to legally kill our children. Everything has been downhill since then. As parents we need to bring God back into our lives to give our children a strong solid base to build on.

  13. terryreeveshanger says:

    We never had anything like this in school and I had three kids and married since I was 18. Who taught our parents and grandparents? Sex doesn’t need a textbook. If you need one you are strange

  14. Jeanette Ferree says:

    :o

    • Summertime Martin says:

      Now that this thread has run its course,

      I hope that it is apparent to all of the

      posters here, that we have two opposite

      senses of values; the moral/ God given

      and the immoral/satanic given.

      Ella Lohan should not be in a classroom

      with children of any culture. She is

      the epitome of unsavory role models.

      The Bible does include all of the

      labeled sins, including incest;

      Jesus did not condone these

      actions. God did not create mankind

      to indulge in sin.

      The topic is not the Bible and its

      themes of immorality.

      The topic is the overtaking of our

      Educational System by immoral

      politicians.

      The answer is simple.

      As a retired teacher, not ever having

      been in a system where such depravity

      was given to teach in a curriculum,

      I can say that the answer is in the

      uprising of the parents.

      If you think that you are powerless to

      change the winds of evil, you are

      wrong. One person cannot rebel against

      a school board or a system.

      A group of angry, insistent parents can

      do what is needed to remove the

      culprits involved.

      You can attend a townhall meeting,

      decide on what to do, and do it.

      You do not have to wait for a term

      to expire to rid your town of a

      subversive superintendent.

      Parents have POWER.

      Believe this and gather together

      in one common goal.. to rid this

      nation of Common Core.

      By the way, I believe that the

      person on the WHouse staff

      in Education is himself a

      pervert. Who appointed him?

      The master of lawlessness.

      No. This is not a political pointing

      of the finger. It is, as I recall,

      a fact. Amongst the 35 or so ‘czars’

      there is a pervert in charge of the

      Educational policies.

      Find the ribbon and track Common Core

      back to this appointee.

      Get rid of all the low-life that

      are squatting in our government

      organizations.

      Aside from a few advocates of

      depravity on this blog,

      most of the writers are wholesome,

      moral, and at a loss as to what to do.

      This is average for a nation of

      315,000,000 people.

      It is comforting to know that there

      still exists in this mire of filth

      true Americans with moral values.

      • Summertime Martin says:

        WARNING:
        This editorial includes discussion of topics that are sexually graphic.
        Under usual circumstances, we would never entertain these subjects or
        the rancid language involved. In this case, however, a very unusual
        exception must be made because the issues are central to the background
        of a senior presidential appointee at the U.S. Department of Education
        who is in a position to influence how and what our children are taught
        in our nation’s schools. Thus far, out of fear or squeamishness, there
        has been public hesitance to examine closely the beliefs of this
        individual because many are afraid even to touch the risky content. Our
        scruples cannot be used against us when traditional moral precepts need
        to be defended. Simply, the deep level of depravity involved in this
        subject cannot be portrayed without providing a couple of examples to
        illustrate the inappropriate content. Please do not read any further if
        you will be offended by sexually graphic language.

        The Obama administration is stonewalling serious inquiries about sexual
        filth propagated by a senior presidential appointee who is responsible
        for promoting and implementing federal education policy. Democrats
        clearly are terrified of ruffling the feathers of their activist
        homosexual supporters, who are an influential part of the Democratic
        party’s base. This scandal, however, is not merely about homosexual
        behavior; it is about promoting sex between children and adults – and
        it’s time for President Obama to make clear that abetting such illegal
        perversion has no place in his administration.

        It is curious why White House officials and Education Secretary Arne
        Duncan believe it’s worth it politically to continue taking arrows for
        defending Kevin Jennings, who is Mr. Obama’s controversial “safe schools
        czar.” The evidence suggesting he is unfit to serve as a senior
        presidential appointee is startling and plentiful. It was revealed this
        week that Mr. Jennings was involved in promoting a reading list for
        children 13 years old or older that made the most explicit sex between
        children and adults seem normal and acceptable. This brought up anew Mr.
        Jennings’ past controversies, such as his seeming encouragement of sex
        between one of his high school students and a much older man as well as
        his praise for Harry Hay, a notorious supporter of the North American
        Man Boy Love Association.

        But there is more. There are shocking new revelations this week of tape
        recordings from a youth conference involving 14-year-old students. The
        conference, billed as a forum to encourage tolerance of homosexuality,
        was sponsored by Mr. Jennings’ organization and was held at Tufts
        University in March 2000. Mr. Jennings was executive director of the
        Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) from its founding in
        1995 until August 2008. The conference sessions appear to have had less
        to do with promoting tolerance and more to do with teaching children
        how to engage in sex.

        Andrew Breitbart’s Biggovernment.com provides tapes of some of the
        sessions. Describing the subject matter as smut would be putting it
        lightly. The conference discussions were very graphic and cannot be
        relayed in full detail in a family newspaper. A few examples are
        sufficient to describe the depravity of the subject matter. During one
        session about oral sex, a presenter asked the 14-year-old students:
        “Spit or swallow? Is it rude?” In another session, the 14-year-olds are
        taught about a gross practice called “fisting,” in which “the man
        leading the discussion position[ed] his hand and show[ed] 14-year-olds
        how to insert their entire hand into the rectum of their sex partner.”

        Teaching children sexual techniques is simply not appropriate.
        Unfortunately, it is part of a consistent pattern by some homosexual
        activists to promote underage homosexuality while pretending that their
        mission is simply to promote tolerance for so-called alternative
        lifestyles. It is outrageous that someone involved in this scandal is
        being paid by the taxpayers to serve in a high-powered position at the
        Education Department, of all places. At some point, Mr. Duncan, Mr.
        Jennings, Obama administration spokesmen and the president himself are
        going to have to start answering questions about all this. Refusing to
        do so won’t make the issue go away.

        THE WASHINGTON TIMES
        Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/dec/09/obamas-risky-sex-czar/#ixzz2oKYReOmg

  15. Janet says:

    These parents have also been indoctrinated—- otherwise they would know that a person either opens that can of worms or they don’t….there is no middle ground between the two. Either the school makes pornography available or they don’t. Either pornography is acceptable or it isn’t. Forget about their weak argument about having it but not focusing or discussing it (what good is that?). The damage has already been done and now you pretend it didn’t happen and wait and see just what happens next. What fools!! Stupid people should opt out of reproducing in the first place.

  16. duramaterof2 says:

    This is the tip of the iceberg, folks. Lots more desensitizing and sexualization to come and the government has no intention of letting you get in the way. Get involved with parentalrights.org.

  17. Alan says:

    I remember reading this back in college. All I could think as the course went on was “What is this prof thinking?”

  18. Cathy Wells says:

    Reason number 9,052 why we homeschool.

  19. Tess says:

    My daughter in law’s father is molesting my grandchild, I caught him one Easter a year ago, my son and wife have since separated, She took our granddaughter and left with her to go live with her parents, my son tried to get custody. My granddaughter was over for her weekend visit, and she was walking funny, I ask her why, she said my bottom hurts, I said well is bathe time and Nana will take a look and put some cream on it. When I looked at her bottom her hymen was gone and her vagina was the size of a dime and you should see up into it with a scrap, probably from fingernail.She said “PopPop hurt it” We took her to the doctor, called DFAC. Nothing has been done. They just put him on protective watch, that someone has to be with the child in his presence, in other words, he can’t be alone with her. That has not worked and our daughter in law has just not mentally faced it, she finally claimed she was abused and is fine. But she’s not, she sick. Beside murder, leaving the country with the child, we don’t know what to do. The police claimed my son was just wanting to take the child from its mother. we are at a loss. What do you suggest?

    • syndilew says:

      Call CPS anonymously. Do not tell them that you are a grandparent or have any relation at all to the child. Make up a story such as you were a friend of mom that doesn’t want to disclose your name and that you SAW it happening. Yes, lie if you have to, but do not disclose your name. They will take you more seriously if you have no relation to the child. Tell them that the mom confided in you that she had caught him doing it in the act, anything along those lines and that her mom has still admitted to leaving her alone with him when she is pushed for time and has no one else. Do whatever it takes. Keep calling as different people and have other people call saying the same thing. If you have her again and there is physical evidence call the police!! Don’t take her anywhere. If the police are investigating it is now a criminal act and not a domestic issue. The police have to investigate any and all claims whereas DFAC gets to pick and choose what they have to investigate. I hope this helps you because I am deeply saddened that your granddaughter is going through this.

      • CJM2 says:

        Syndilew: I don’t recommend what you are asking a person to do…it is a CRIME to lie to the authorities, even CPS. Every time one calls CPS, using a false name it is a single count of lying to authorities (if a person makes 40 calls, that equals 40 counts). Supposing a person makes 15 calls and is finally caught; each charge/count is equal to 3 years in prison. With 15 calls and found guilty on each count, it translates to a sentence of 45 YEARS if the sentences are to run consecutive. Additionally, you are asking folks to actually lie as to whether or not they actually saw the incident occur. Please keep in mind that if one is identified as a caller and it is discovered that the person lied about witnessing the incident and says this in a court of law or a pretrial deposition, it is called perjury. Perjury is an additional crime and carries a 3 – 10 year sentence PER COUNT, depending on what State you live in. Consider you have been found guilty of lying and were sentenced to 45 years consecutively, then add 20 years for perjury because you lied during the pretrial deposition and in court regarding your ‘witnessing’ the alleged criminal act (thanks to a good defense team, you got busted, so to speak). Think about it: 65 YEARS in the worst case scenario–is lying the best possible route to getting justice done? I don’t think so. Furthermore, with caller ID, it is rather difficult to hide behind anonymity these days. You cannot enforce the law by lying–so DON’T do it.

    • Kathy in Mandeville says:

      Did you contact the Juvinille Dept. of Sheriff;s Office?
      USUALLY they are VERY responsive.
      I would NEVER go to CPS… they Do Nothing!
      Been there Tess.
      That man SHOULD BE IN JAIL!
      That is Forcible RAPE.
      I assume you are refferring to a child under 12.
      Message me if you want….. I’m HORRIFIED for you and your grandaughter!
      Our perp is serving 20…. bio-dad.

      • Kathy in Mandeville says:

        Find a Children’s Advocacy Center near you.
        FREE, support…. the BEST!
        Go…. ASAP!

      • CJM2 says:

        FYI, Kathy, SO deputies are “COPS” as well. If the State has a weak set of Child Protection Laws, there isn’t much the family can do…the judge appears to lack in education on what predatory sexual assault consists of and is not interested in the best interests of a child from what the poster states. Yes, grandfathers rank high on the perp list but so do clergy of various religious groups, especially in cases of incest. As an investigator who put cases together for trial, I would never ever recommend that a child victim such as this one be returned to the mother’s home for two reasons: (1) she resides with the perpetrator and finds no fault in him for molesting her daughter; and (2) mother’s failure to protect the child. Dad would have to undergo investigation as to his past conduct, particularly with the child; if he passed that, then he could be recommended as the custodial parent and have the child placed with him.

    • CJM2 says:

      Get a lawyer who is better than hers and understands the mechanism of the State’s DFACs and criminal conduct the grandfather is perpetrating against the child. Some lawyers have specialized in this kind of custody case, but others are well versed on the subjects. I don’t believe DFACs is actually doing their job; as a retired CPS worker, I can assure you that your granddaughter would have been removed, placed in a safe haven, and both medical treatment and therapy would have been started for this child. Both parents would have been investigated to determine which home would serve the best interests of the child–and if neither home proved suitable, then the child would be placed in an appropriate foster home. No family court or juvenile judge worth his/her salt would ever return an abused child to the home where the perpetrator resides. Evidently, your local law enforcement agency does not have a specialty child abuse unit–too bad, because they would never have told you that. I don’t know what State you live in, but it seems no agency is really interested in serving the victimized children of sexual assault.

      • vigilante says:

        This man should not be allowed another breath. If it were my child…..well, let’s just say he better be glad he is not.

        • CJM2 says:

          Taking your line of action would resolve nothing and even make it worse for the child. I understand how you feel about the situation (I would share your thoughts, by the way), but acting on that isn’t very helpful to the victims (child and father) in this case.

    • kidinwheelchair says:

      That poor baby! Oh, Tess. I’m so sorry to hear what’s happening to her. But Got bless you for trying to keep her safe. That child needs to be taken away from both the mother and grandfather. May God guide your efforts

    • vigilante says:

      Oh my dear Lord. That man better be glad I did not catch him. It would not have been pretty.

  20. Karen Davenport says:

    So maybe I missed this skipping through the article… but who exactly decided on adding this book as an exemplar text? I mean, if I had was tasked with creating a list of books for 11th graders, it wouldn’t even consider a book that glorifies what that book is about. What individual person was responsible for this?

    • Kathy in Mandeville says:

      Totally AGREE!
      I think it is criminal to shove this kind of crap in the faces of UNDERAGE little people… who are trying to figure out what is right and wrong.
      Making little ones stumble….. to the least of these,… better for a rock…..
      May God have mercy.

  21. cmdorsey says:

    We need COMPREHENSIVE BACKGROUNDS CHECKS ON ARNE DUNCAN, president of the National Board of Education. Any person involved in pushing this rot filth should have to complete a complete psychological intake at a mental hospital. Freedom of speech, bullcrap. We had to take mandatory GOVERNMENT classes when I was in school. There was no filthy crap like this. Thanks for posting about this. I am gonna spread it as far and wide as I can. But I still think parents should call for COMPLETE MENTAL INTAKE EVALUATIONS ON THESE SICK BRAINFARTS. Gee, I”m glad Hollywood made sure they made no movies with someone smoking a cigarette.

    • CJM2 says:

      I’d like to see a return of two classes: REAL American History (not the water downed version of ‘politically correct liberal garbage’ that denounces our founding fathers and distorts history) and CIVICS–remember that course? We actually learned: why we should understand the candidate, the voting process, the mechanism of government and why it should operate that way, and a host of other useful information concerning governmental topics.

      • cmdorsey says:

        I’M WITH YOU!! Govt, Math, English, Civics, Reading, Writing classes right now would be so REFRESHING

      • Jill says:

        Do you mean the history where the Founding Fathers were adamant that this country was NOT a Christian country? The one where they formed a Republic, not a Democracy? That REAL American History?

    • kidinwheelchair says:

      Arne Duncan??? Did you know the only classroom experience he has is ‘helping the kids in his mother’s day care business with their homework’. I have more classroom experience than he does and I only student taught! He’s an idiot and completely unqualified to be deciding the course of education in our country.

  22. Yukidongo says:

    I can’t imagine a teacher that could read this and discuss it with students

  23. JJNYC says:

    I just left a comment on Toni Morrison’s fb page. She really is a SICK pervert. But what do you expect from a COMMUNIST curriculum. Bill Ayers/Weather Underground & Obama’s “mentor” is part of this. Not to mention Bill Gates and his database that puts all students into it.

  24. Bob says:

    I agree the book is totally inappropriate for 11th grade, and I think the following disclaimer at the beginning of Appendix B is disingenuous, as most will not see and and will think the exemplars are the recommended reading list.

    “The choices should serve as useful guideposts in helping educators select texts of similar complexity, quality, and range for their own classrooms. They expressly do
    not represent a partial or complete reading list.”

    • CJM2 says:

      Bob: I agree with your post, but exactly how many people read the Appendix, especially when it is listed as “B” or even “C”. Parents have every right to anticipate and expect that pornographic material will NOT be represented on any school reading list.

      • Jill says:

        How is a failure on your part to read the information given, the fault of the Common Core writers?

        • CJM2 says:

          Many parents do not read the Appendixes. Furthermore, ANY disclaimer should be in the very front of the book, not buried in the back pages reserved for “additional informtion” that is related to the text material. If you agree with the so-called common core writers, fine–go ahead and let them tell you and your children erroneous informatio especially where they are busy rewriting American History and making subtle changes to the US Constitution.

  25. Portia2011 says:

    Toni Morrison is one of the Greatest writers alive today. To equate her literature with something as horrifying as child pornography is facile and willfully ignorant. I understand the controversy over whether it is appropriate for certain age groups, and I am not engaging in that debate here. However, I must stand up for her as a writer and an artist. Pornography is sexually explicit for the sole purpose of arousal. It exploits those who create it and those who consume it for money and power. That which is sexually explicit is not necessarily pornography – see the great works by the Greeks, the Bible, Shakespeare, Faulkner, Joyce, etc., etc. And, I argue that which is pornographic need not be sexually explicit – see torture porn like the Saw movies, for example. Furthermore, Ms. Morrison’s empathetic (not sympathetic) portrayal of a human predator exploits neither the child at the heart of the work, nor the consumer of her fiction. In relating to a human monster, we come to know the human shadow self and are able to heal, conquer and forgive ourselves and others. (On a note of lesser importance, her portrait is also a scientifically and psychologically accurate depiction of a child molester’s illness.) Toni Morrison is has won the Nobel, Pulitzer, National Book Award, Presidential Medal of Freedom and many others. She brings an experience and perspective deeply missing from the still European, white male canon. Her art is devastating, beautiful, complicated and profound.

    • Rachel says:

      Wow, what a lot of idiotic rhetorical slavering. I didn’t want to even bother reading all of the excerpts from this piece of trash before moving to the article. Of course this is pornographic, and disgusting. Children in high school do not need to learn the in-depth workings of a pedophile’s illness anyway. I feel bad enough for the mental health and social service professionals — grown people with, hopefully, extensive training — that have to deal with this level of depravity. And please don’t kid yourself, winning any sort of prestigious award is not a sure sign of quality. You can win a Nobel Peace Prize these days while sending fighter jets to terrorists, killing your own citizens over seas with drones without a trial, illegally spying on and harassing citizens, and any number of other crimes and unethical actions.

    • Kathy in Mandeville says:

      Okay, I gotta’ call you on this one…
      Pornography in the Bible… seriously?
      Read the Book.

    • Kathy in Mandeville says:

      Pornography in the Bible… seriously?
      You are so wrong!
      Read the Book.

      • kidinwheelchair says:

        there’s incest and rape in the Bible. (i.e. Lot’s daughters got him drunk and had sex with him. Dinah was raped) but the Bible doesn’t go into gory detail. But…hey great idea…have the kids read the Bible in school. I think that’s a fabulous idea.

    • Elia says:

      The part of the Bible I believe you’re referring to, as I see it, is only there because another, ancient nation’s leader decided to gather his buddies at his vacation home and decide what was religiously acceptable and would be taught in government supported churches. He did it to solidify control in his large and diverse dominion. Sound familiar? I love the Bible. I feel that it came originally from God. But I also feel that many of us lose our way today because many simple moral and divine truths it could have contained were given up in favor of what appealed to current political and popular opinion.

    • CJM2 says:

      She may have written many good books, but this particular book is one of predatory pedophilia in a most graphic depiction—perhaps this is something you enjoy, but most folks don’t. It is bad enough that reality hits us over and over with live and dead victims of sexual predators on a daily basis that we don’t care to read what you consider ‘fictional prose.’ Unless you have experienced the horror of a loved one who was brutally murdered by one of these sexual predators, I doubt that you or Toni Morrison could ever empathize with those families. CHILDREN should NOT be exposed to Morrison’s very adult writings, particularly in high school where minds are still in the formation stage. Her book sends the wrong messages to those who are still in the development stage of transition to adulthood. As to your statement that a child molester is experiencing some sort of “illness,” I would refute your argument based on the fact that molesting a child is a personal choice made by the perpetrator. The only reason psychologists make the claim of mental illness is to employ a means to fatten their bank account via diagnosis for the insurance companies–and that is a fact. Pedophiles know exactly what they are doing–no illness necessary in such a choice, now is there.

      • LastNameFirst says:

        Well said. To defend someone for this kind of writing is to support child pornography. Thank you for explaining that to Portia2011.

  26. Dawn says:

    This wasn’t even a good piece of writing irregardless of the sex. It’s only recommended because Toni Morrison is a good friend of Oprah. Oprah thinks everything she writes is wonderful…. she does the same with Maya Angelou. I see nothing exemplar about either!

  27. Anita G Flippo Hitchcock says:

    Common Core is garbage. It seems the older these kids get the worse common core is.

  28. Guitar guy says:

    So… I don’t want my kids reading this book, but I am finding the comments here almost as unsettling.

    I also dislike Mr. Obama, but attributing the placement of this book directly to him is hate mongering of a most egregious and irrational nature. Further accusations of communism and other such things are silly.

    People, if you want this off the list then knock off the self righteous, hysterical routine and make a rational argument. Not sure what that is? Here you go:

    We don’t want the government determining when a child is ready to intellectualize such complex content. A bureaucrat is not capable of making such an individually crucial decision.

    Simple. Lose the rhetoric, it will accomplish nothing. Go to your school districts with that and ask them to push back. Pick your battles, you’ll only get a handful before you lose credibility.

    • Kathy in Mandeville says:

      Lord, forgive Guitar Guy, for he knows not what he says….. yet.
      It is not attributing it to Mr. Obama ~ It is attributing it to the whole Progressive SICK, lost, evil, dumbed-down, ill-educated, low-info, ADD, irresponsible, bunch of folks; of all socio-economic rainbow…. GET IT?
      Critical thinking skills seems to also be a dying art….. WHY?
      I’ll let you figure that one out.

      • Pattycakes says:

        How dare you add ADD into your rant, my son is ADD and is probably a better person than you are.

      • CJM2 says:

        Critical thinking skills has not been taught in our high schools for better than 10 years not; colleges and universities have recently begun to downplay the subject and now expect students to unequivocally accept their view of the world without question (if they don’t, the student fails the class). This, of course, does not apply to all colleges and universities, but it certainly does apply to the ivy league level and some of the well-named schools of higher education. If a parent wants their children to develop critical thinking skills, they need to either teach it at home or enroll the child in one of the many excellent on-line courses that teach the subject.

  29. Americanul65 says:

    Another reason why we taught our children at home… They saw this junk at the university but they were mature enough to handle it.

    • Kathy in Mandeville says:

      AMEN!
      Right On!
      PARENTS need to discern for their children…Until they are old enough to descern for themselves. Age appropriate Sex-ed is a good thing… lots of GOOD sex-ed books in Christian bookstores(even online)..
      Seems like the sex pushers of this porn-ed learned about sex in the streets.
      SAD!
      And you let them teach your kids?
      No, Not Me!

  30. Kyle says:

    It’s truly sad how far this country has slid into the grave, and the educational establishments in place with it. I’m 24, and I have two children, a 6 year old boy, and a 1 year old daughter, and I am old enough to know that even during my time in school, I watched teaching practices change and immorality crept it’s way into our schools, and into my life. I blame media, schools, and our political leaders for why so many children today end up 1)Drop outs from school, 2)pregnant, 3)involved in crime and many other problems, and it all relates to what they’re being raised on. Obviously, aside from spending every waking moment and homeschooling your child, there’s no absolute way to protect them from everything, but if we can’t count on our government, or even our schools to assist in protecting them from filth, immorality, and general material that could damage or detriment their growing minds, then who can we count on?

    • CJM2 says:

      The same issues of school drop-outs, teen pregnancies, and criminal activities has been a problem since the late 1800s…nothing new there. In the 1950s I can remember those exact same subjects being discussed by all the adults; even ads on radio and TV reflected the “signs of the times.” It is not the government’s responsibility, or even the educational system, to participate in the rearing of your children (although that is precisely what the government and the educational system are attempting to do today)–that is the PARENT’S responsibility. It is also the parent’s responsibility to tell the school what they can and/or cannot do in our classroom in spite of what you are told by the administration. Unfortunately, parent’s are generally intimidated, wring their hands, and wonder aloud “what’s a body to do???” Make your voice heard and stand up against them. And if you tell them you will remove your children and home school them, then do so and stop using empty threats.

  31. LeeVonHart says:

    They’re preying upon the weak, those who do not pay attn that is. Show up at local school board mtgs, ask that curricula be avail for tax payer to view. Ask questions, even though it is intimidating. They’re very accustomed to very few people participating. If we still had PTA’s this would not be happening. Outrageous nonsense forced on our children.

    • CJM2 says:

      Be of heart! The PTA/PTOs still exist–its just how the parents utilize those meetings that sets the bar. Successful school districts have used their PTA/PTO to examine and question those in charge of the children’s education, school progress, etc. They even have parents who volunteer for the textbook selection, so there is really no reason for any “outrageous nonsense” to be “forced on our children.” It happens all to frequently because of the lack of parental involvement.

      • LeeVonHart says:

        Others in liberal bastions have not been able to deter the negative, dire sounding vocabulary words & math justice, not even in parochial schools. Young teachers glaze over if you challenge them because they’re programmed in one mindset and one mindset only. It is requires attention. Google executives aren’t sending their kids to schools with this curricula for the masses. They’re attending the Waldorf Schools – which ban iPads, laptops, smartphones, encourage book reading, and individual creativity. That says a lot.

        • CJM2 says:

          I agree that those who have the monies send their children to prestigious schools because of the curriculum that focuses on actual education. But even parents who have children in public schools have a voice if they will use it. Frankly, I seriously doubt you will find politicians who are in office sending their children to public schools because they are too well aware of how THEY have dumbed down our educational system. A major difference between students who attend schools of higher education is that the wealthy are able to take the majors that are of interest to them and/or guarantee them a lucrative position once they graduate; those less fortunate take the majors that will get them an entry level job. It is no wonder that many find themselves in occupations that they are unhappy in. I certainly concur with your observation on the educational system as it is today.

  32. Jacky Ball says:

    Wow! I can not believe this article, it is disgusting what the children of the future are exposed to, especially coming from the educators and the people who are supposed to protect our youth.
    Reading this is very concerning of what the future may be like for my children when they are in 11th grade. No wonder people prefer to home school their children. I have always been a supporter of the public school however this would most definitely change my vote. I can only hope more people will come to their senses and realize that by reading this book, it can only harm our youth of the future and that in no way be a benefit.

  33. Saddlemomma says:

    Yet another exemplary reason why we homeschool!

  34. Texas Patriot says:

    Several comments have said that this book should not be in a school. My comment is that this book should not BE. It is a waste of paper to even print such filth.

    • CJM2 says:

      As a group, WE would not care to read it; however, others do care and WE cannot trample on THEIR First Amendment Rights any more than WE would allow THEM to do the same. That’s the problem today—some want preferential treatment at the expense of others and those minorities are getting away with it. But when you lower yourself to THEIR standards, then you are no better than they are. Be careful on what you wish for; it may come back to haunt you

      • Texas Patriot says:

        Please show me where I indicated that their First Amendment Rights should be trampled. I never said that we should deny them their rights to print this filth. I was just stating my opinion that it was filth.

        • CJM2 says:

          Your own comment: “My comment is that this book should not BE. It is a waste of paper to even print such filth;” takes it just a bit further than expressing an “opinion that it was filth.” .

          • Texas Patriot says:

            Okay, I understand now. You are just one of those who has to pick at any comment someone makes. A comment IS an opinion. It is not calling for a ban or a law. Don’t waste your time with any more replies. I certainly will not waste my time reading them.

          • CJM2 says:

            Apparently another person’s opinion is never as important as yours.

    • Wolf Herrmann says:

      Ja! Ja! It’s degenerate!

  35. marvegal says:

    I read the bluest eyes in my university literature of women of color class. No matter how old you are , reading a lot of this book is disturbing to say the least. Home schooling my kids was the easiest and best decision I have made. I wont shelter them from
    real life but I don’t need to push them into this kind of stuff either.

  36. babsan says:

    The Communists have now succeded.Obama approves of this and it should send a chill down your spine knowing what does on in public schools.Mo wonder a lot of Demoncrats are perverts and sex fiends

  37. Thomas Hill says:

    This is where the reckless and dangerous liberalism has taken us. Keep voting more democrats into positions of influence and they will and are influencing our young straight into the amoral abyss.

  38. Cleo says:

    Just yesterday, I was helping clean out the library in the elementary school that I work in, before the school year started. I found this book in a pile, with the “professional” designation on the book’s label. So yes, it was only meant for teacher viewing, but why in an elementary school??? How would reading this book help them in the classroom? If a teacher wanted to read it on his/her own, couldn’t they just visit their public library? I was stunned. But since it was on the professional shelf, I guess it was supposed to be okay.

  39. Kathy in Mandeville says:

    I’ll bet over half of the 56%actually read these specific books would(hopefully) change their minds….. I really think some of the 56% only voted in theory not reality.
    That is the problem with sound-bites, talking-points, and sweet sounding titles… they are VERY missleading…. INTENTIONALLY.
    People MUST take responsibility and actually read the fine print…. seems to be a dying art.
    SAD!

  40. James Maxwell says:

    Whoever wrote this has a serious mental problem and should be locked up for
    their own safety. Any individual, group or agency that would include this into a
    school should be taken out and horse whipped on the public square then taken
    to court for a trial and sentencing to life in prison. This is a training lesson plan
    for some of the most serious degenerates around it is like the homosexual community
    trying to make their relationship acceptable in society by parading around and
    claiming they are “in love” and married. Marriage is between one man and one
    woman not two rutting animals of the same species. Youcan dress it up and present
    it anyway you want to but it is still a corrupt and morally disgusting. You cannot
    make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear not matter how many political cowards lie to
    you and try to get you to believe it.

  41. got243kids says:

    The depths of hell have been unleashed…. May God have mercy on our souls.

    Over my dead body will this be perpetrated on my children.

    • CJM2 says:

      Have you requested a list of ‘approved reading’ for your child’s age group? And are you absolutely sure of just how many on the list are inappropriate? Have you read the books? Can you honestly make an informed opinion/choice on each and every title? And do you ever communicate with your child’s school to discuss educational topics, types of text books to be used, and who/how are they selected? If you aren’t involved, then you most certainly won’t have any say in the matter—and you will have no one else to blame but yourself. School district administrators are getting away with these kind of things because parents are NOT involved and they don’t care about the candidate they are voting for when it comes to the superintendent elections. Nor do they care about the track record some of these principals/vice principals have when they are selected for that coveted position. If you go to the PTA and wind up discussing Miss Annie’s silly hats, you are doing both your child and yourself, as well as the school, a huge disservice.

  42. MORE JESUS LESS SLEEZIES. A SICK NATION GETS SICKER. EVIL OUTNUMBERS GOOD IN THE USA 51-49. MORE GOD LESS BAACHUS.

  43. SniperToo says:

    America, this is what you get when you sell your soul to the devil. Take God out of your home, school and life. You got what you pay for. Godless corrupt life.

    • CJM2 says:

      Perhaps what you claim does apply to some; but you cannot generalize your assumption upon the whole American society. That is foolish of you. And by the way, you seem to have forgotten to include yourself as one of those you claim are leading a ‘Godless corrupt life’ or are you the only one of purity left in this world?

  44. Biff Sarin says:

    I seem to recall a huge uproar over “Catcher in the Rye” when I was young. Back then, there was a huge push to have the book flat out banned. I agree with the articles approach. It should be available in the library if someone wants to seek it out (1st Amendment). It Should NOT be on the approved list where by a teacher can choose it for class reading and cram it down the throats of children. Honestly, I would have serious concerns about any teacher who would choose such a novel from the list in the first place. Has anyone ever looked at how often teachers have sexual relationships with their students? I think you would be stunned by how often this happens. This is hardly what I would consider “educational” reading unless you are trying to train future pedophiles.

  45. Biff Sarin says:

    If an adult shows a porn movie to a minor, isn’t that against the law, it’s at least very creepy? If your daughter’s high school English teacher, Mr. Sleazy, showed a child porn movie in class would that be OK? How is forcing an entire classroom full of minors to read this any different?

    • CJM2 says:

      It isn’t, but the current administration has set the scene for deliberately breaking the laws. If an adult shows porn to children or Mr Sleazy shows child porn to his students, both are guilty of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and possibly other related charges. You are correct in that forcing children to read illicit literature as a class assignment is just as wrong as the other two in your example and should be treated no differently.

  46. Anthony Alexander says:

    This is a direct result of years of infiltration by the NEA and other “teacher” spin off organizations into the curriculums of hundreds and hundreds of US schools. They persist in their failed agenda of trying to “teach” to mold moldable minds like children THEIR visions, philosophies and self-created self-centered religion of ME, MYSELF and I. Too many Liberals assume that everybody can be put into the same mold, and that is called Communism. They THINK there is a problem with the basic fundamentals of education and complicate it with their mixed up curriculums like this one.

    They attach a solution to a problem that has nothing to do with the problem. Despite their solutions failure and its madness and in spite of all the data that shows their visionary fantasies and stupid remarks are all failures, it therefore falls under the old saying insanity is doing the same things over and over again expecting different results.

    This is a TRUE mental disease WRAPPED IN NEUROSIS. It ranks up there with Alzheimer’s, dementia, Parkinson’s and other neurological diseases.

    They persist in there failed agenda of trying to attach a solution to a problem that has nothing to do with the problem. Despite their solutions failure and its madness and in spite of all the data that shows their visionary fantasies and stupid remarks are all failures, it therefore falls under the old saying insanity is doing the same things over and over again expecting different results.

    Yet, despite all the evidence against it, the modern liberal mind believes their agenda is good social science. It is, in fact, bad science fiction. Adding to the fact that the liberal mindset always has scapegoats, far flung theories, distortions and above all LYING, to prop up and keep their mindless fantasies and doctrines moving. So when the modern liberal mind displays their brand of hypocrisy, whines about imaginary victims, rages against imaginary villains, speaks of conspiracies and credulous statements and above all seek to run the lives of persons competent to run their own lives, the neurosis of the liberal mind becomes painfully obvious. It’s time to kick these AS__HO_LES out of their job and go back to the basics of education. That starts with respect for oneself then neighbor and remove the self-centered doctrines.

  47. Larry B, Cates says:

    Parents with children in schools need to flood the school board meetings with a vengeance and not leave without making the board remove this pedophilia and pornography from the curriculum. If they refuse, sue the school board for all they’re worth.. This filth should be “R” rated just like a movie and not even allowed in a school library. Remember the “book burnings”? Well it’s time to do it again! And the pedophile/pervert that wrote this filth should be investigated just like any other pedophile or pervert.

    • CJM2 says:

      Yes, some of us do remember those ‘book burnings.’ Unfortunately, the books that were burned were classics along with decent readings by new authors, and in some cases included the Bible. We have no right to ban ‘R’ rated books from the shelves of stores, public libraries, or the private homes–we do have the right, however, to ban them from our schools and we should do so. And on what grounds would you have the author “investigated?” You don’t even know if she is a “perpetrator” do you? If you think she is, what is your hard evidence that goes beyond her written words? I agree that we should ban such material from our schools, but beyond that, we have no right to trample on another persons right to read that material. When you seek to bar another from exercising their civil rights just because you disagree with their opinion (or right to act on that opinion) then you are no better than the ones trying to stifle your civil rights.

      • Larry B, Cates says:

        If you think someone can think like this author and even write books on their thoughts without eventually acting on them, then you are quite naive. When it comes to protecting children from pedophiles, we should be doing all we can to protect the children. You wouldn’t be so worried about this pedophile’s civil rights if you ever had a kid that had been molested by one of these perverts. And don’t ask if that’s the case with me. I don’t owe you or anyone else my reasons for thinking the way I think. In fact, if you don’t agree, you can kiss my butt!

        • CJM2 says:

          Your naivete is greater than mine, sir. No one ever said you cannot “think the way you do” but one does not have to agree with all you have to say. Nor do you have to agree with my opinion. It is unfortunate that you could not disagree in a decent debate without resorting to the very nastiness that you claim to dislike. Honoring one’s rights to making personal opinions also means that you must allow another to have expression of their opinion as well–to deny the equality of rights jeopardizes the civil rights of all. I don’t care what kind of story a person writes; I don’t have to purchase the book or read it–and neither do you.

        • Michael DeWees says:

          ^ If there is even a shard of truth to this argument (& there isn’t) how do Stephen King’s neighbors sleep at night???

    • kidinwheelchair says:

      It won’t matter. In California, some parents were up in arms because the kids were being assigned muslim names in class. The courts decided that once a child is dropped off at school, the parent has no rights over them.

    • Demosthenes says:

      It’s not even IN the curriculum! READ THE ELA CCSS, Appendix B, Page ONE:

      “The following text samples primarily serve to exemplify the level of complexity and quality that the Standards require all students in a given grade band to engage with. Additionally, they are suggestive of the breadth of texts that students should encounter in the text types required by the Standards. The choices should serve as useful guideposts in helping educators select texts of similar complexity, quality, and range for their own classrooms. **They expressly do not represent a partial or complete reading list.**”

  48. SFCUSARMYRET says:

    These people that approve of this type of FILTH are among the most disgusting. Apparently they get off on this type of behavior. They are trying to “make it the norm” for child molestors, pedophiles, rapists… They don’t know what scars it leaves on little children. How it completely Eff’s up their minds. I know, two of my siblings were molested.
    When you do away with the Constitution, prayer in schools, deleting crosses from public view, taking the praises of God out of our society, THIS is what you get. The depravity of the degenerates. The lowest form of puke roaming the halls of our institutions.
    The people pushing this garbage are supposed to be scholars. They aren’t protecting the rights of the children to BE children. To grow up without intrusion upon their body and souls. Kids these days don’t get to worry about games, play time, using their imagination… Now they sit on computers, tablets, phones or whatever else and tell the world everything. Summer is here, when I was a kid, shreiks of laughter filled the air. Skate boards, bicycles, toys… We didn’t have to come in till the street lights came on (before that in the summer time). Parents didn’t have to worry as much. Life was a lot better without the filth that is being imposed on them now.
    Bring back the morals. Bring back God into their lives, Bring back the fundamentals that built this great nation. Bring back capitol punishment for child molestors, It’s not an illness, it’s their choice!!! God help the person that tries to do ANYTHING to my grandson, They will meet God before I do!! That promise I will keep…
    God bless you all. God bless America, she could sure use it right about now!

  49. TexanForever29 says:

    Heaven help us! I have granddaughters who I love more than life itself, and reading those “artistic” book excerpts made me sick. How, in the name of all that is right and proper, can a school system deem tripe like this as “exemplary” reading? Not only should Christians, Jews, and other godly people rise up, but non-believers who love their children should join in to loudly protest when schools present perverted material like this as “art.” Pray, pray, and then pray some more.

    • CJM2 says:

      Parents should have a say and use their PTA meetings to chastise the school administration–these meetings should be well publicized. We should not only be taking back our country from the liberal communists, but we should also be taking back our educational system from the bully unionists and the communists.

  50. NRL says:

    This was a remarkably persuasive argument (especially for someone who has read The Bluest Eye, studied African American Literature, loves Toni Morrison’s work, and believes in the need to sift through and understand the “why” behind certain types of literature and storytelling). What a shame that the last two paragraphs were full of logical fallacies and ultimately undermine all the good stuff above it. I don’t think The Bluest Eye is appropriate for high school students either, but I don’t see how any of that has anything to do with the President, the Nobel committee, or contemporary art shows. As I would say to my freshmen writing students, the argument peaked… and fizzled.

    • CJM2 says:

      Why would anyone “love” an erotic story that is told by a predator who’s only lot in life its to sully innocent children and rob them of their childhood? If this is the stuff and fluff of Toni Morrison’s work, it isn’t worth reading unless you share her prurient interests in child pornography. And the use of the Nobel Peace Prize and contemporary art shows is logical when one considers the parallels between the author and the president as well as the low-grade ‘art’ now shown as modernistic art which can never be compared with the classical art of known greats. In other words, neither the Nobel Prize nor the contemporary art shows are objects of value any more because they have been devalued in the same sense that our educational system has been.

    • Rich Drees says:

      You forget, it’s ALWAYS about blaming the President. At least until he’s a white guy again.

  51. KathiB. says:

    “THE ONLY THING NECESSARY FOR THE TRIUMPH OF EVIL IS FOR A FEW GOOD MEN TO DO NOTHING” HOPPER

  52. Marsha Jean Henley says:

    God help us, our minds are being “conditioned” so we will except this satan driven logic. Our gov’t is run by satan now.

  53. Bethany says:

    Can you show me where this reading list is? I haven’t been able to find it on any that I’ve seen and would like to see what other books might also be listed. Thanks!

  54. letjusticerolldown says:

    On http://www.shmoop.com/bluest-eye/teaching.html they identify this recommended resource as addressing Common Core Standards in 9-10th grade as well.

  55. jayme says:

    So happy, California does not have that book on the reading list for Common Core. each state has a list publically available. here is the link for California’s education http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/sr/readinglist.asp

  56. Karen says:

    So…what are the suggestions and/or proven ways as to how to combat this?

    • Thoughtful Watcher says:

      We, as parents, need to hold each and every school district accountable for every action, decision and subject sources that are used in each and every school. Become the pain in the backside that they can’t get rid of. Speak boldly, become involved and spread the word. Stay in contact with superintendents and legislators and keep your voice actively heard. Let them know you are not going away and you will not back down. Be bold….be brave.

  57. CJM2 says:

    This is disgusting. Just who are those people making such illicit selections for our children to read and “ponder” over the “prose” of pornography? We need to get back to when PARENTS gave the final approval of what textbooks are provided in the classroom and quit relying on whatever panel is ‘selected’ by who knows whom.

  58. Thoughtful Watcher says:

    This was written by my mother who was a family counselor and victims assistance for over 3 decades. I wanted to pass on her comments.
    “I have been a therapist for over 30 years working with women of incest and rape I have never been as horrified about anything in my life. Maybe if the author had been a child victim or a rape victim she might see things more clearly. What a slap in the face for victims. Justice will only be achieved when those who are not victims of crime feels as indignant as those who have.”

  59. Thoughtful Watcher says:

    The only way this excrement can be successful is if no one speaks up. They try to sneak this stuff in by saying nothing. They hope that parents just assume the school is doing what is right and do not look too deeply into anything. I have become my school districts worst nightmare. Not because I’m rude or aggressive but because I refuse to trust them to do the right thing by my daughter. I question EVERYTHING and make them justify EVERYTHING they are doing with her. I am a pain in their backside but my daughter has only me to defend her. We, as parents, need to become, and stay, a pain in the backside to every school district out there. Remind them that our children are NOT their children and they are accountable to us.

  60. ginger says:

    Sodom and Gomorrah revisited…and it didn’t work out so well for them the first time.

  61. reggiec says:

    In todays “dumbed down” educational system, I would think that this book should be removed even from College libraries. Critical thinking and its importance in discerning between good and evil in personal behavior has been so degraded by public education that any student in the present educational atmosphere could very well consider the book as a primer for acceptable behavior solely because it is there to be read.

  62. Kim says:

    Please
    be aware that pedophiles are going to start publically saying that pedophilia
    is their sexual orientation therefore it should be accepted as homosexuality
    was. Sexual orientation in our society demands that it is accepted as something
    that cannot be changed therefore it is not wrong.

    • CJM2 says:

      They already have done that, Jayme, and California, I am told, is taking steps to enact a law that covers their “sexual orientation.” Not a very good omen is it.

  63. MontieR says:

    The wholesale and complete PERVERSION of our educational system. Is complete.
    These vile perverted mal educators, have control of our universities and teach perversion is normal.

  64. Mom of 3 says:

    I have read the book but I can’t remember how old I was when I read it. It really is a sad story and not a sex crazed novel. Not even close to 50 shades. Perhaps instead of saying absolutely no to this book, parents could read it also and have an open discussion about the difficult topics this book covers. You may find that your teen will be more comfortable talking to you, even telling you about there own experiences (good or bad), while you help guide them in the right direction. After all, the one or two years before they are off to college will be here before you know it.

  65. spyderdalton says:

    I’m just wondering how far parents will let this demoralization of their
    children go? Will you wait until your preschool children are having sex
    parties in classrooms with their teachers before you pull them out of
    these public cesspools?!!!!

    • spyderdalton says:

      How the hell are these sociopaths winning over common decency?

      • CJM2 says:

        By organizing themselves as a “Minority” group. Mainstream pubic has never organized for what they believe in–therefore, we lose in many situations. That’s how black power and the lbgt groups were able to have their demands met.

        • spyderdalton says:

          exactly but people of character are too busy working 2 jobs trying to feed their families and too busy paying for the freeloaders to be able to gather on a march. the freeloaders are being paid 16 an hour by Soros to community organize and spread the propaganda. Just look under government jobs on craigslist and see all the liberal causes hiring people… We have nothing like this to support truth and honesty…

          • CJM2 says:

            When your children’s lives are at stake, you must become involved in some fashion. I, for one, am glad that my children are raised and no longer in school. Even though we both worked (one child had a chronic, life-threatening illness so we both had to work to cover medical expenses), we took it upon ourselves to check into the school and see what was being taught; if we had questions, we asked and would not accept a brush off for an answer. Did it make us popular with the teachers and principals? No, it didn’t, but we were there and they knew it. It was always our policy to back the child when a teacher was in the wrong, but we also backed the teacher when the child was in the wrong–no favoritism there. When 10th graders were issued a science book that showed a picture of the earth, the caption read: “This is the earth. It is round.” we had a royal fit and asked when they planned to replace this idiotic textbook with age appropriate science books; we contacted other parents and encouraged them to take a good look at what the children were reading. This did result in more library assignments for the students and the following year that book was dumped! When organized, parents DO make a difference.

  66. NewHampshire says:

    As an adult I find this crap disturbing. It is not romantic, nor about love, or even pleasurable sex. It’s about deviance and hate. It’s awful. OH and at 11 years old I would not have known what sex was to begin with.

  67. Amanda says:

    This isn’t new, it’s just a ramping-up of what was already being taught in the public schools. I had to read excerpts of The Bluest Eye in a high school english class 10 years ago. The situation isn’t that the public schools were fine and Common Core is going to ruin them – the public schools were teaching against many people’s values a decade ago, Common Core just makes it more apparent.

  68. hiskid1964 says:

    scrap the whole system save me a ton of money and educate your kids

  69. Deb in Tulsa says:

    This is disgusting. I was told by a social worker who worked for DHS that not all men who do pornography are child abusers but in child abuse situations pornography was involved about 100% of the time. Is this what we want to give our children? My daughter is in college but I would be homeschooling her if this is true and she was still in HS. I also resent my tax money going to schools to promote this type of junk. I can show you family situations, broken marriages because of pornography and teaching it to children is sick and senseless. I had an acquaintance reading 50 Shades of Grey and she showed me a couple of pages and it was sickening although she presented it as a “wonderful love story”. Why do we keep doing the wrong things and expect our kids to have some of the basic values that allow for a healthy society?

  70. MargieAtPolitiChicks says:

    How many of the parents today pay enough attention to their kids school work to even opt out? Get serious! They DON’T!
    We HOMESCHOOL…made this mistake with my first four kids. Never again.
    GREAT JOB, MACEY!!!!

  71. Michael Shreve says:

    TIP of the iceberg concerning Common Core.

  72. Questioner says:

    Can someone direct me to the interview with Morrison where she describes rape, incest, and pedophilia as “tender”, “friendly”, and “innocent”? These quotes seem suspicious and I’d like to see them in context for myself.

  73. finishstrongdoc says:

    See, the scary thing about that book is after the kids are assigned to read it, they have to critique it and discuss it, one assumes, so the teacher can have some way of knowing what grade to give the student (unless they aren’t giving out grades now, just “discussing” being good enough….which is another piece of this puzzling problem.) And then,one assumes, the student must shoehorn his opinions of the book through the “Politically Correct” choke-point through which all thoughts must now pass. Imagine some kid saying he or she hated the book. This would then be what? A crime? The thing about the modern pedagogy that needs to be discussed is the level of discussion itself. If all ideas have to pass through the groin first, then one shouldn’t be surprised when our leaders can control the masses using simple methods of seduction.

  74. Dixie Darling says:

    as a 59yo adult even I wouldn’t read something like that! I don’t understand why anybody in their right mind would allow a school to make something like that available to any student in any school for any reason! Morals barely exist anymore!

  75. Janine says:

    I just want to say that I’m 24 and I remember reading this book in high school and I don’t even remember these parts. I remember being a little uncomfortable when reading through it, but you have to be pushed out of your comfort zone to grow & learn. What I do remember from the book is that racism is hurtful and there are bad people in the world that we need to be aware of and stand up to. You guys aren’t giving your 16/17 year olds enough credit. I would never want anyone under 16 to read it, but trust me, your 16/17 year old have seen or heard worse than this. You can’t shelter them their whole lives. If you’ve taught them well and taught them what is right and what is wrong then you need to trust that they can read this book and look past the extremely dark parts. This book isn’t about desensitizing children to pedophilia, incest, or violence. First of all, children aren’t reading it, teenagers are. Teens are not children and if you are treating them like children than they will grow to resent you and you probably won’t have a close relationship with them in the future. Treat them as young adults who still need some guidance. Teens need to be exposed to the reality of the world so that they can figure out for themselves what is right and what is wrong. Like I said, if you’ve raised them right then they will make the right choices. I read the book and I turned out fine :). I’m happily engaged, have an amazing job with Google, and am very close with my family and friends.

    • Allison says:

      Thank God there is one sane person on this thread! Just because this is a conservative website doesn’t mean it’s for extremists to gather and rant on and on about the devil. Thank you for your words of wisdom. Lord save the rest of these ignorant people who can’t spell and were most likely homeschooled.

      • CJM2 says:

        I could agree with some of your post, but your last sentence was uncalled for. Home schooled children are surpassing those who remain in the public school system and are far more adjusted to life than public school graduates. The majority of college drop-outs are ‘trained’ in the public school system while the drop-out rate among the home schooled is next to nil. That says a great deal about our educational system, doesn’t it.

    • SturJen says:

      My contention that this book is inappropriate is more than the explicit way sex is portrayed. This book is touted to be a representation of black society. If so, is rape, incest and pedophilia so prevalent in that society that it is condoned? Does mistreatment of all children become such a normal thing in that society that not only is it represented in a ‘classic’ book, but given out as a shining example of what to do with your daughters in black society?

      Another point: the book was written in 1970. It’s been 40 years since it’s publication, and much has changed within ALL societies in America. Yeah, the message of racism is hurtful is still there, BUT it goes both ways: blacks to whites, whites to blacks. Those black girls are no longer striving to be blue-eyed white girls, but something totally different. Where’s the book by Toni Morrison about THAT???

  76. Ann says:

    Can you link your source of the Common Core list of books? Thanks.

  77. raygun says:

    We can attribute this sort of C**P to the liberal, progressive agenda of BHO and his minions/zombies/thugs and to the DOEd and Arne Duncan and to Kevin Jennings the queer pedophile BHO “Safe School Czar”. These losers are corrupting the real American values and bring them down to the level of the gutter and the UN and EU. We need to repeal Common Core and all other smut along with CScope.

  78. Tusense96761 says:

    This country is in real trouble, Mother’s should quit their jobs even if it means the family moves into a lower standard of living. Our children are being abused by our government. Parents are so busy bringing home a paycheck they don’t have the time or energy to earn how the government has highjacked our children with such a abhorrent agenda that if parents don’t wake up to it our children are in real trouble. The government is in the process of dumbing down our children with Common Core. They have removed parts of the education process that it is criminal. They have removed the Scientific Method. They don’t want our young people to question science or authority, they are indoctrinating our young people for their One World Order. The are teaching sexual instruction to our kindergartener’s and pushing a society that will legalize pedopheila. In 2009 when Obama became the illegal president ( he is undocumented a fraud, a forger, an identity thief) he hired a man by the name of Kevin Jennings to institute sex education K-12. Google Kevin Jennings and you will be in shock that his idea of sex education is sex instruction for our precious children. These perverts in the government have been stealing children in the U.S and selling them or using them as sex slaves and it is being done at the highest levels in our government . It is sick and Bush George H, Gerald Ford were heavily involved, read Cathy O’Brian’s book, Transformations for more on these pervert president’s. O’Brian’s father a child pornography sold his own daughter to the CIA MK Ultra Mind Control program where she was tortured and sexually abused, used from a tender age of four up until 1988 when she escaped. She now goes around the country exposing these horrors that still take place today and much of it is in the entertainment industry. Common Core needs to be stopped, if was an Obama bribe to the states for stimulus money and 46 of our 50 staes have taken it on in our states. The federal Government needs to get out of our states , it is not their authority. Obama wants to be in total control and has pulled it off. If we let it continue we will no longer be competitive in the world market. They are doing away with the classics in literature and will teach 2+2=5. This is all part of Agenda 21, they will be sterilizing our daughters at 2 years old, they are already feminizing our young boys. They will make new laws who can have children and they will be beginning population control. Believe it, it is already happening. They are indoctrinating our children against their parents to issue in the One Word Order. This plan has been in the works for 50 years. They took over our Universities and are going after our religious values. Obama must be throw in jail and Bush and the Clinton’s too. Get this book off the suggested reading Common Core List. We have to start screaming our minds for our own values not what is politically correct. Who the hell asked for gay marriage, aministy or healthcare, these aren’t our agenda items, this is Obama’s agenda and his propaganda mainstream media mouthpieces.

  79. Rich Drees says:

    Good ol’ traditional values about sex-

    “When you go out to war against your enemies, and the Lord your God gives them into your hand and you take them captive, and you see among the captives a beautiful woman, and you desire to take her to be your wife, and you bring her home to your house, she shall shave her head and pare her nails. And she shall take off the clothes in which she was captured and shall remain in your house and lament her father and
    her mother a full month. After that you may go in to her and be her husband, and she shall be your wife. But if you no longer delight in her, you shall let her go where she wants. But you shall not sell her for money, nor shall you treat her as a slave, since you have humiliated her” – Deuteronomy 21:10-14

  80. Peggy says:

    This is sick, sick, sick! It is nothing short of an assault on our children, and people who force this kind of “literature” on them should be charged with mental and psychological assault of minors.

    Parents need to wake up and see what our public education system is doing to the children in many part of the country, thanks to far-left liberalism that believes incest, pedophilia, and other forms of sexual deviancy are acceptable, and they are brainwashing children with this filth. Parents who care about their children should make sure their schools are giving them a good education and are not advocating things which they, the parents, do not approve. Parents must take responsibility for their own children and not allow them to be brainwashed and abused those in our public education system who have a sick, perverse agenda.

  81. Adam Moss says:

    Even as a concerned senior in High School in a recently turned Common Core School system I have to disagree with most of what she has to say. On the topic that I am not an adult she is absolutely correct, However what she fails to realize is that many Television Programs, Advertisements, News Broadcast and even the choices my superiors make already submit me to these thoughts and even in some cases visuals. These actions as I found out almost immediately upon entering my school through one of my teachers who had been engaging in intercourse with some of my fellow students, her being almost twenty years their senior. Macey’s argument is solid but over concerned. Nothing I read in the examples she gave took me aback, or lead me to believe there is something in common core i should be hidden from. A solid thing to consider is that this even while nasty these books can establish a desire for reading in a student that would have previously never considered picking up a book. Furthermore, Who is she to say that our President did not deserve a nobel peace prize, and even if so, how does that tie into the debate of explicit content in a common core classroom.

  82. bohicarico says:

    An effective approach to end this nonsense is to stop the practice of compulsory attendance. This is really the foundation for public indoctrination masquerading as education. We should understand that powerful forces that do not have children’s best interest at heart will fight against this wise approach.

    Therefore, I’d suggest a practical alternative which exploits the incremental approach proven successful for the progressives. We must push for legislation that returns at least 50% of property taxes to parents or legal guardians that opt-out of government schools. Doing this will only take a modest amount of money away from those powerful union and government vested interests. However, it will be a huge win for parents and their children who wisely walk away from the madness.

  83. Adam Moss says:

    Even as a concerned senior in High School in a recently turned Common Core School system I have to disagree with most of what she has to say. On the topic that I am not an adult she is absolutely correct, However what she fails to realize is that many Television Programs, Advertisements, News Broadcast and even the choices my superiors make already submit me to these thoughts and even in some cases visuals. These actions as I found out almost immediately upon entering my school through one of my teachers who had been engaging in intercourse with some of my fellow students, her being almost twenty years their senior. Macey’s argument is solid but over concerned. Nothing I read in the examples she gave took me aback, or lead me to believe there is something in common core i should be hidden from. A solid thing to consider is that this even while nasty these books can establish a desire for reading in a student that would have previously never considered picking up a book. Furthermore, Who is she to say that our President did not deserve a nobel peace prize, and even if so, how does that tie into the debate of explicit content in a common core classroom.

  84. justmeagain1 says:

    No wonder there is so much violance and rape, even I who has no problems with the art of love making, find this unpleasant to read, discusting!

  85. DeeBar says:

    This probably doesn’t work for most but in my area home schooling is a big part of educating your kids . I’ve never met more well adjusted kids and smarter kids you just don’t see in the public schools . For those of you that have to work it’s a tough deal . Just a thought .

  86. Andrea Berghold says:

    All hail ‘Kommon Kore.’

  87. Jacob Aud says:

    THAT IS NOTHING LESS THAN PORNOGRAPHY (and yes, romance novels are a form of pornography too)

    wol.jw.org/en/wol/d/r1/lp-e/1102008137

    *** yp chap. 35 pp. 283-284 Does It Matter What I Read? ***

    Does It Matter What I Read?

    KING Solomon warned: “To the making of many books there is no end, and much devotion to them is wearisome to the flesh.” (Ecclesiastes 12:12) Solomon was not trying to discourage reading; he was just advising you to be selective.

    Seventeenth-century French philosopher René Descartes said: “When one reads good books it is like having a conversation with men of breeding who lived in the past. We might even call it a selective conversation in which the author expresses only his most noble thoughts.” Not all writers, though, are worth ‘conversing’ with, nor are all their thoughts really “noble.”

    So the oft-quoted Bible principle again comes into play: “Bad associations spoil useful habits.” (1 Corinthians 15:33) Yes, the people with whom you associate can mold your personality. Have you ever spent so much time with a friend that you found yourself beginning to act, talk, and even think like your friend? Well, reading a book is like spending hours conversing with the one who wrote it.

    The principle Jesus stated at Matthew 24:15 is thus pertinent: “Let the reader use discernment.” Learn to analyze and weigh what you read. All humans are afflicted with a certain amount of bias and are not always totally honest in their portrayal of facts. Do not, therefore, accept unquestioningly everything you read or hear: “Anyone inexperienced puts faith in every word, but the shrewd one considers his steps.”—Proverbs 14:15.

    You should be particularly cautious about reading anything that expounds a philosophy of life. Teen magazines, for example, are full of advice on everything from dating to premarital sex—not always advice a Christian should use, however. And what about books that plunge into weighty philosophical questionings?

    The Bible warns: “Look out: perhaps there may be someone who will carry you off as his prey through the philosophy and empty deception according to the tradition of men . . . and not according to Christ.” (Colossians 2:8) The Bible, and Bible-based publications such as this, offer far better advice.—2 Timothy 3:16.

    • Jacob Aud says:

      Why Avoid Pornography? ( http://wol.jw.org/en/wol/d/r1/lp-e/1102008137 )

      In view of its prevalence, you might wonder, ‘Is pornography really all that bad?’ The answer is yes!

      Pornography demeans both those who take part in it and those who look
      at it, and it’s often a stepping-stone to committing sexual sins. But
      there’s more.

      Viewing pornography can become a habit with long-lasting, devastating effects.
      For example, consider a man named Jeff who even after 14 years of being
      free of pornography admitted: “It’s a daily battle. The desire, although
      much more subdued, is still there. The curiosity is still there. The
      images are still there. I wish I’d never started down this hideous path.
      It seemed so harmless at first. But now I know better. Pornography is
      damaging, it is perverse, and it is demeaning to all parties concerned.
      Despite what its proponents may claim, there is nothing—absolutely
      nothing—positive about pornography.”

    • TheCasou says:

      The book is about the dangers, consequences, body image issues of white supremacy, of colorism, of racism, discriminations in the US. Of course there are a few instances of sexual abuse but it’s a nano- percentage of the book. It makes conservatives anxious because their children will be presented with ideas that challenge what they are being taught at home.

  88. KimberlyK says:

    Thank God I live in Nebraska, we have not adopted this Core crap yet.

  89. SteveW says:

    This has good and informative information on what kind of books are used in lessons in public schools and I agree there should be something done about it “But” the writer of this piece was more lewd the the story they wrote about and “Lost All Credibility” with me by turning this issue into a political and Racist attack on the President of the United States. Sure the content of the Book is lewd and should be addressed but they Had to Pic a novel with a “Black Girl” even though you can find hundreds of Way more explicit Books in today’s Teen Romance Novels but they are mostly about white suburban girls of modern times instead of an abused Black girl during the Great depression. Obama didn’t write this book (was written in 1970) or did he force teachers to us it. I and most of the rest of the country are sick of you right wing racist hate mongers trying to tie Obama to everything that is wrong in the world. Maybe you all should take a look in the mirror or in your Bibles in the 10 commandment, you know the one about barring “False Witness”

  90. jdelugach says:

    The picture of Obama equated with Hitler is offensive to me and distracting. I think the picture takes away from some really good points you make in the article and limits who you can reach with your message. I don’t think passages this explicit are appropriate for required reading in public school. I appreciate you bringing this to my attention. This book is on a supplemental reading list in my local school district. I am glad that I am now aware of the controversy. I don’t think this has much to do with common core. Looking at Goodreads reviews I see that students have been reading this book for required reading for some time and it predates Common Core.

  91. kay says:

    How can this be allowed in our public schools??? How>

  92. giant33 says:

    Another great article from politichick. Where is the secretary of education on this matter? He would say Its the first i’m hearing about this. This is the devil’s work.

  93. Demosthenes says:

    Have any of you dumbasses even READ the CCSS? From PAGE ONE (1) of Appendix B of the English Language Arts Common Core State Standards:

    “Selecting Text Exemplars

    The following text samples primarily serve to exemplify the level of complexity and quality that the Standards require all students in a given grade band to engage with. Additionally, they are suggestive of the breadth of texts that students should encounter in the text types required by the Standards. The choices should serve as useful guideposts in helping educators select texts of similar complexity, quality, and range for their own classrooms. They expressly do not represent a partial or complete reading list.”

    READ READ READ READ before you sound off, you sheep.

    • ~Tamaraine says:

      Perhaps you should read it rather than calling everyone a dumbass because you don’t like their opinion. I quote “The choices should serve as useful guideposts in helping educators select texts of similar complexity, QUALITY, and RANGE for their own classrooms”. The QUALITY of the “The Bluest Eye” is for a porn shop not a classroom, and the RANGE of the “The Bluest Eye” is for an adult book section, not something we as adults should condone for our children.

      If YOU want your child reading this quality and range of book then YOU should give it too them at home.

    • Darin Sunny McCullough says:

      Idiot! Exemplar MEANS pick one like it. Sick!

  94. playnice says:

    I think I will read those excerpts in our school district boardroom. If it’s good enough for my child’s brain, it’s good enough for their ears and cameras.

  95. joshoptic says:

    can someone please provide a link that shows this book in the Common Core recommended list. I am having trouble verifying this by myself.

  96. Rotten Core says:

    A pertinent quote by Megan Cox Gurgan from WSJ in a recent Imprimis article –

    Books for children and teenagers are written, packaged, and sold by
    adults. It follows from this that the emotional depictions they contain
    come to young people with a kind of adult imprimatur. As a school
    librarian in Idaho wrote to her colleagues in my defense: “You are naïve
    if you think young people can read a dark and violent book that sits on
    the library shelves and not believe that that behavior must be condoned
    by the adults in their school lives.”

    http://www.hillsdale.edu/news/imprimis.asp

  97. crystal says:

    This makes me sick to my stomach. I honestly and truly wonder if there is any hope left for our world?? This definitely is NOT something I want my kids reading!

  98. englishrancher says:

    This is the “Rethinking Schools” plan of Bill Ayers. Destroy the conscience of innocent children to turn them into radical monsters – the Government’s future Army of “Change”.

  99. Kathy Fawley says:

    As a teacher, I wholly support Common Core. First of all, it is not a curriculum. It is a set of standards that far surpass the standards now in place in most states in the Union. Second, the list of texts that are in the appendix are nothing more than examples that meet the rigor required to produce students that can succeed in college. Every school and district in the country is still responsible for choosing the texts that meet the needs of their community. Finally, it will be a sad day when we succumb to book banning. I think that people need to study the standards and the state of our educational system today before jumping on this bandwagon of fear. Common Core is something that can only help our educational system catch up with our European, Asian and Canadian counterparts. I am proud to say that I work for the Archdiocese of Chicago and we have fully embraced the standards.

  100. Anon says:

    And what of my little girl, who is herself a victim of child sexual abuse? I don’t want this anywhere near her! She’s already traumatized and ashamed by what happened to her, God forbid this get anywhere near her and make her think what happened to her was somehow normal or okay. No way. I will yank my kids out of school before they will read this garbage. Sick.

  101. Conservative says:

    Leave it to liberals to allow this crap on the internet.

    • blackalaureate says:

      allow this crap on the internet??

      the bluest eye is a book that has been read in high school classes for several decades.

  102. Conservative says:

    Just proves how much of a disgrace and embarrassment Obama
    is to our country !!

  103. MarieP says:

    I find the comments made here far more frightening than anything written by Toni Morrison. Holy cow.

  104. RaymondofCanada says:

    My biggest problem with this is that the people who selected this material and “promote” it are still around to do it again. You can stop this book but it will keep repeating because the same degraded people are making the decisions. Only way to get rid of it is through home-schooling or private schooling of some sort. Good luck with that!

  105. SturJen says:

    I’ve returned to school to get my BS degree as a much, much older adult (in my 40′s). There’s this class I’m taking this semester called, “Multiculturalism Literature in America.” This book is on my reading list. Apparently this book is such a reflection of the black microcosm in America that it is imperative that I read it. Yeah, Um…. if molestation of kids, pedophilia and rape is so prevalent in Black Society that this book is a key representation of that, shouldn’t someone be DOING something for it? I mean, instead of just writing about it?

    The other books in the reading list do not seem to be about rape, molestation and pedophilia. They are also supposed to be representations of the minority microcosms of Indians (feather, not dot), Asian-Americans and Hispanics. So…………apparently schtolping your kid til she has your kid is routine in the black community? Gross.

    • blackalaureate says:

      “feather, not dot” is offensive to some asian people. just though i’d let you know. it’s not clever, it’s just cliche and tiring to hear.

      • SturJen says:

        THAT’S what you’re going to freak out on? The feather vs dot?!?!?!

        How about the fact that this is a book supposed to portray to an entire class of students that ‘black culture’ is filled with rape, incest, pedophilia and child abuse?! That there is nothing more to a black community than the use of a female child as nothing more than a sexual ‘thing’.

        Let me know when you get ginned up to get offended by the abuse of a child. Feather vs. dot will be chump change after that.

        • blackalaureate says:

          yeah, three sentences is tantamount to a freak out.

          just stop using that term. it’s stupid.

        • TheCasou says:

          So according to you, if pedophilia is part of a book depicting the life of a young black girl it’s a representation of all black communities in America, black culture like you called it.
          Maybe you should read “Lolita” by Vladimir Nobokov. It’s the story of a white stepfather sexually exploiting a white young girl. Or maybe you should read FBI reports on the races of most pedophiles in this country.

    • TheCasou says:

      What school are you attending?

  106. Ned Carter says:

    There is less rape, incest, murder and pedophilia in this book than in the Bible. Idiots.

  107. blackalaureate says:

    the reason why american schools are subpar is because reactionaries like the author will lobby against students reading challenging material like “the bluest eye.” another reason is because people just don’t support rigorous education in general.

  108. blackalaureate says:

    this is a whole lot of panic over nothing. the common core is not a curriculum, as someone else already stated. it is an approach. i found the appendix that has the list of reading texts for K-12. in this appendix, it clearly states that the texts on the lists are NOT representative of which titles should be in a classroom. the texts are representative of the TYPES and KINDS of reading students should be doing in order to be in keeping with the standards. “exemplars” are the “best examples.”

    here is the passage from the appendix:

    “The following text samples primarily serve to exemplify the level of complexity and quality that the Standards require all students in a given grade band to engage with. Additionally, they are suggestive of the breadth of texts that students should encounter in the text types required by the Standards. The choices should serve as useful guideposts in helping educators select texts of similar complexity, quality, and range for their own classrooms. They expressly do not represent a partial or complete reading list.”

  109. Carol O. says:

    Home School your kids. Simple as that. (It is not simple, but it is safer). If I was an adult with no ties to the school and I had your kid over to my house and offered them this kind of filth, would you have me arrested for contributing to the deliquency of a minor? You might not know about it right away but if I abused your child later, ALL the experts would point to this stuff as preparing the victim to be victimized. This is what adults do to desensitize children before they victimize them. Why on earth would this be acceptable in an educational setting?!!? I am sick to my stomach about this. Just because teens are smart enough to be in AP English does not mean they should be subjected to this subject matter. Unbelievable.

  110. Avniel says:

    Government School is child abuse. It takes adjustments but everyone can #homeschool. Single parents can homeschool. It’s your duty and your right to educate your own child. You don’t have to sacrifice your children to the god of this world.

  111. jedward1000 says:

    Unless Americans are willing to revolt, not violent, America is doomed.

    We must get involved, Tea Party, Heritage foundation, etc. We have to be at school board meetings, town halls, demanding our officials work for us and not their self interests.

    I strongly urge folks to get involved with the Tea Party, it is the only way I see it now that America can return to greatness. And follow GOD not man. God is judging America right now and it ain’t looking good folks.

  112. TheCasou says:

    The hypocrisy and the puritanism of this article is extraordinary; highly plagiarized and extremely fallacious, she mentioned several studies including medical research (one showing harmful effects and risks of media), social science science research without any sort of references or citations. So there is no way for anyone to verify the informations she had provided.
    First of all, children in this country are exposed to violence from a very early age, violence is everywhere in this society, on TV, cartoons, parents (domestic violence), disciplinary actions. So to argue that banning this book from school will protect children from violence is senseless.
    She mentioned that the book was promoting unacceptable behaviors therefore it shouldnt be taught in class, so why she only decided to bring up this book? In grades 11- CCR text exemplars, there are books like “The scarlet letter” by Nathaniel Hawthorne (one of the most misogynistic books ever, full with sex and lies), also “Crime and punishment” by Fyodor Dostoevsky (full with violence, etc). By omitting those books and others from the conversation, she made okay it for other books in the list to be taught and discussed in class. How come children’s (mind you 17-18 yo) brains are unable to understand and process sexual violence but can understand philosophical concepts like nihilism?
    In the US, there are 3 millions reported cases of sexual violence against children so even those who are not victim of it, most likely have a family member or a friend who has been a victim of sexual violence. Considering this fact, would it be such a bad idea to educate our children about sexual violence (prevention, healing, dialogue)?

    After the death of Trayvon Martin, he was referred to by many as a young man, how he wasn’t a child nor a boy but a strong, thuggish young man. Again in this country, 11th-12th grader delinquents (16-18 yo )are often sentenced as adults. In the US, 17-18 yo can legally get married. Although it is true that young people under 18 are considered as minor or “children”, they are not often treated as such. Using children to refer to 11th-12th graders is just a way for the author to appeal to people’s emotions, it doesn’t reflect the realities of those young people (11th-12th graders).

    it’s kinda obscure why she made the parallel between her manure art and the novel, but the book is a major and acclaimed work of American literature that has been taught in schools for decades. Before commenting on the topic, read the book.

  113. Kelley says:

    That is definitely disturbing.

  114. Weezie says:

    Has this country, the president and all those in the Demacratic party, and educators gone insane allowing this kind of publication be considered acceptable for 11th and 12th graders to read. This is trash talking and soon the whole society will go down the septic tubes in it’s thinking that this is okay. Common Core values sounds like a tricky way to force wrong thinking on the majority of the people and make them think it is right.

    • Weezie says:

      Sounds like it doesn’t matter what political party started Common Core if it is being forced on the schools for funding that is very sad for our society today.

  115. Marcy says:

    I had 2 people unfriend me because I shared this post…
    Ostriches

  116. Harry Skip Robinson says:

    How do you think I got so good in the sack? Mom and Dad surely didn’t teach me. How do you think young people are supposed to learn this kind of stuff? The key is at what age? Young girls have for centuries been have consenting sex at 14, 15, 16…….. Some of the boys and girls in my class of Ft. Lauderdale “1970″ were having sex when they were in 10 grade and this is not unusually. Should the Joy of Sex be a must read for all 11 or 12th graders? Perhaps it would stop some of the coercive and violent sexual behaviors. Surely no one can recommend, as the Catholic Church does, for people to be abstinent? You see how that has worked out for them.

  117. Jessica Kinser says:

    “In fact, the author of the book, Morrison, says that she wanted the reader to feel as though they are a “co-conspirator” with the rapist.”

    Please cite where you gathered the information in the quote above.

  118. Joanne13 says:

    Those who believe that home schooling will protect their kids from this better pay attention. There’s a concerted effort to get Common Core into HOME schooling too. If anyone believes that isn’t possible think twice. ALL our government needs is to decide NOT teaching it is illegal and then make it a requirement to teach it in your home. Don’t think THAT can happen? Homeschooling has actually been outlawed in some countries. This administration of Godless, immoral Socialists would love NOTHING more than to force their way into the home and demand our kids be taught the same immoral garbage our kids in public schools are being taught.

  119. GoodBusiness says:

    This more of the very serious Progressive infection of our State government powers to protect our children from this trash . . Article V is the only way to stop the Progressives and a usurping Federal government from killing our Constitution which is a limit on the Federal government but the Executive, Congress and the courts just ignore the limits and do as they please.

    http://articlevprojecttorestoreliberty.com/the-28th-amendment.html

  120. blue fish says:

    The bible is not allowed but porn is…go figure!

  121. Drtom says:

    the humanist manifesto by Dewey et al. is the cornerstone for American education, and is basically communist and anti-god. Public school is not what it used to be, My kids are getting out of this establishment. Find a way to home school, see Ron Paul curriculum.

  122. richard and toni sweet says:

    we pray that this and other books that promote evil as good will have no place in any school public or private. we are aware that these core curicliums are trying and doing a good job of destroying Christian values in our children.we will keep an eye on this and fight every step of the way

  123. Bean says:

    The serial rapist/murderer in LA in 1985 Richard Ramirez, started out as a great kid years before, well liked by his peers and neighbors, and then he was exposed, at around 10 years old, to graphic descriptions of the rapes and murders that had been committed during the Vietnam war by his uncle. Over the years of adolescence, as his sexuality developed, Richard had dwelt so long on these stories that he fantasized of doing these things to others; the brutality was appealing to him because of how his uncle had described it. Then in the summer of 1985 he began attacking random people always in differing ways, though patterns emerged, and killed a majority of them. Richard would break in shooting first the husband so he couldn’t defend his wife, and then brutally rape, humiliate, and often kill the women (of ages from 20s to 60s). It all began because he was given DETAILED descriptions of brutality told in a way that didn’t make them out to be bad. This is exactly what the author of this book described as the goal, to make the reader feel like they were a part of it, and show how the perpetrators of the crimes felt like what they did was good.

    Most kids wouldn’t react that way, I’d say 99.9% of kids would probably just go on just fine, but there’s going to be that one kid, maybe from a rough background, but it’d be just as likely to be a well mannered straight-A student, that this would just plant it’s little seed of poison in and years down the road who knows how it’ll manifest itself. Even if only one person is psychologically altered because of a book like this it’s not ok. How many lives are the author/teachers/legislators indirectly responsible for harming? too many in my opinion. Already I can tell this would be a book that I would find disturbing to the point I would need to have some good long talks to get out of my system and even as I type this I am remembering little bits of the lines I read in the excerpts. I think the legislators should be forced to read this book first and then decide if they’d like to read it aloud to a stadium full of 16-18 year-olds with their own children and wives/husbands on the front row.

  124. Tami says:

    I’m the administrator of a private school in NC. We will never use Common Core. NC has vouchers and the money goes directly to the parent not the school. The government schools and charter schools here have to use Common Core. The problem for private schools here is that we now have all of the major testing organizations lining up with Common Core. We are expecting a private organization to come forward with academic testing that isn’t Common Core. Common Core needs to be thrown out.

  125. Heavy Heart says:

    My heart is breaking at what our children are exposed to…what we are allowing as a society.

  126. K says:

    Homeschool, homeschool, homeschool!!!!!

  127. Slk says:

    when you want to compare this novel with any of the classics listed, I think you need to remember that this novel is also described as being graphic. Yes, the classics contain situations that are just as bad but they do not contain the graphic words and descriptions that are used in this novel. I believe that is why parents are most alarmed. It is not healthy for adults to read descriptive depictions of rape and incest, let alone minors.

    • laura says:

      what is more disgusting is that students have to discuss this w/thir teachers. thats a boundary violation, dont you think? im ok teens getting ahold of the book & looking @it alone. this has happened for years. but in front of your teacher? especially if its a male teacher w/female students? thats the same as being molested.

  128. lealea says:

    There are alot of “us” who have a “choice”, but what about the single mothers who do not have a choice? We must fight for those children. Taking “our” kids out of school is not simply the answer. Getting this OUT of the school is what is needed.

  129. MamaBear says:

    God help us…

  130. Brama says:

    If this is what our public school system thinks is appropriate, then God help us. It makes me sick to think of what the public school system will be in ten years. When mankind is no longer under the authority and accountability of a perfectly holy God, then mankind then becomes the next in line to determine the morality of all things. And as we are continuing to witness, man’s morality continues to slip into deeper depravity… and instead of causing our kids to walk the fire of Molech, our modern version is to walk the fire of the public school system.

  131. iamsurrounded says:

    That is absolutely disgusting trash. I could see pedophiles drooling over the text. How low will the people in this country go? We all need to fight for school choice and vouchers so people (including poor people) can afford to send their kids to Christian or private schools. Homeschooling is not an option for those of us who have to work to pay the bills – remember, there are single moms out there too.

  132. united citizen says:

    So this is the morality they want to teach now in the united states to our children?…use of children throughout the world was never who we were as Americans…it seems Clinton and her third world ideology has taken in the united states….between her ok’ing her husbands infidelities to now her business partner going along with her husbands porn and immorality to still via for office…
    Let’s get to exactly WHO IS MAKING UP COMMON CORE FOR OUR CHILDREN AND WHY ARE THEY DOING THIS?…it’s not to help our children learn to be better at reading,writing, math or science….animals don’t need to be taught this lesson they are teaching…and our children do not need to sit and be mandated into dehumanization ANY LONGER!!!! ACT PEOPLE —ACT NOW—-!!!!!!@!!!!!!!!!!

  133. Rita says:

    Jesus Christ! A friend sent me this article and I’m so angry, so outraged, so offended, so very concerned about the children who may be exposed to this kind of trash, that this school and those persons who think this kind of reading is helpful, educational, or okay in any way are LUCKY I don’t live in their vicinity. And like Robin H. I will be asking our tiny country school what books they will be reading this year. I thank God that my boys are the types of kids who will TELL ME if they are exposed to something like this. I’m so shocked and upset I don’t really know what to do with or what to make of this! I wish there was a petition attached to this article or a phone number for the school(s) who have this on their list of scheduled reading!

    • califconserv says:

      A few decades back there was a book titled Candy. Believe it was Oprah who had the co-authors on the air. The elite media was telling us what a fine intellectually provocative book it was. The authors were a couple motorcycle gang members who admitted it was simply porn.

  134. califconserv says:

    How much of our legislation is for the purpose of producing willing participants in acts of porn? Free confidential abortions and contraception to teens. It is not meant for protection of the teen. It is meant for the protection of the people with money who can take advantage of them.
    Easy access to marijuana meant for, the health and safety of the user with a small amount of drugs in their possession or meant as a tranquilizer for the pants off an innocent, trusting and unsuspecting teen?

  135. William 1 says:

    Disgusting porn nothing else!

  136. William 1 says:

    The only other book I ever read, I’m 74, was The Catcher In The Rye and it flooded the minds of kids with vulgarity and this will just over stimulate those young kids desire’ which if in puberty’ will only encourage sex outside of marriage! Those who pass this need ho be killed as God would do demand under his law!

  137. William 1 says:

    Hey, Mily Cyrus-here’s one for your future kids!
    Slut!

  138. djazgirl says:

    I just watched Agenda; Grinding America Down and this is exactly what is on the Communist Agenda. Wake up people, get your kids out of the public schools! Please.

  139. TieRie says:

    I think people confuse common core standards with curriculum adoption. The standards do not state 11th graders have to read The Bluest Eye. If you look at appendix B, which has a list of texts according to grade level, you will see many text excerpts, one of which is a single paragraph from The Bluest Eye by Morrison which does not contain any of the material listed in the blog post above. The problem with implementing anything is most people just go with the quick blanket approach: “It says 11th graders should read The Bluest Eye in appendix B so we’ll buy it and everyone will read it,” when this is not actually the case. If anyone read the front matter before the lists they would see the following paragraph, (pay attention to the last sentence):

    “Selecting Text Exemplars
    The following text samples primarily serve to exemplify the level of complexity and quality that the Standards require all students in a given grade band to engage with. Additionally, they are suggestive of the breadth of texts that students should encounter in the text types required by the Standards. The choices should serve as useful guideposts in helping educators select texts of similar complexity, quality, and range for their own classrooms. They expressly do not represent a partial or complete reading list.”

    So, your job as parents is to be just as informed or more informed than the people on the text book adoption committees and the text book adoption process in your district, spread the word when they ask for community feedback, and go and protest the titles you don’t want your kids to read. If a book is chosen and you don’t want your kids to read it, the teachers must provide another book with the same amount of text complexity… which is the point of including that excerpt and title from the start; to demonstrate text complexity in a work of fiction for 11th grade students, not to have them read the book in its entirety.

    I suggest reading the actual standards and the front and back matter to inform your self well enough to present an argument that deals with curriculum adoption and not the standards themselves, since many states have adopted the standards and will be adopting new curriculum to teach those standards. A teacher can teach the 11th grade CCSS without referring to or reading the Bluest Eye at all.

  140. mtpokit says:

    When i was in parochial grade school, Brave New World was confiscated from our desks. Now, it’s the society we live in. To teach is to explore all possibilities, and learn the meaning of moral compass for oneself. The worst thing that the United States educational system fails to give students is applicable life skills.

  141. Devin Martinez says:

    So you all know, this article is bologna. The article says that “The Bluest Eye is among Common Core’s exemplar texts for 11th graders”.

    They don’t, however, explain what that means. The “exemplar texts” listed on the Common Core appendix that they’re referencing is a list of excerpts from different texts that give an example of the complexity, quality, and range of texts students will be expected to be ABLE to read. They are NOT required to read that book and it is not SUGGESTED that they read that book. Here’s a quote from the very beginning of that appendix explaining what the appendix is for:

    “Exemplars of Reading Text Complexity, Quality, and Range & Sample Performance Tasks Related to Core Standards

    Selecting Text Exemplars

    The following text samples primarily serve to exemplify the level of complexity and quality that the Standards require all students in a given grade band to engage with. Additionally, they are suggestive of the breadth of texts that students should encounter in the text types required by the Standards. The choices should serve as useful guideposts in helping educators select texts of similar complexity, quality, and range for their own classrooms. They expressly do not represent a partial or complete reading list.”

    Take note of the last sentence, they do NOT represent a partial or complete reading list.

    Here’s the excerpt from the book in question used in the Common Core appendix:

    “Morrison, Toni. The Bluest Eye. New York: Random House, 2007. 121–122. (1970)

    One winter Pauline discovered she was pregnant. When she told Cholly, he surprised her by being pleased. He began to drink less and come home more often. They eased back into a relationship more like the early days of their marriage, when he asked if she were tired or wanted him to bring her something from the store. In this state of ease, Pauline stopped doing day work and returned to her own housekeeping. But the loneliness in those two rooms had not gone away. When the winter sun hit the peeling green paint of the kitchen chairs, when the smoked hocks were boiling in the pot, when all she could hear was the truck delivering furniture downstairs, she thought about back home, about how she had been all alone most of the time then too, but that this lonesomeness was different. Then she stopped staring at the green chairs, at the delivery truck; she went to the movies instead. There in the dark her memory was refreshed, and she succumbed to her earlier dreams. Along with the idea of romantic love, she was introduced to another—physical beauty. Probably the most destructive ideas in the history of human thought. Both originated in envy, thrived in insecurity, and ended in disillusion. In equating physical beauty with virtue, she stripped her mind, bound it, and collected self-contempt by the heap. She forgot lust and simple caring for. She regarded love as possessive mating, and romance as the goal of the spirit. It would be for her a well-spring from which she would draw the most destructive emotions, deceiving the lover and seeking to imprison the beloved, curtailing freedom in every way.”

    So, as you can see, the excerpt used is hardly pornographic or unacceptable in any way. It’s just an example of the quality of writing(whether or not the CONTENT of the rest of the book is considered quality, the quality of writing is what they are making an example of).

    They’re just trying to make you mad about something that isn’t even really a problem.

  142. spike says:

    It’s obscenely more of “not judging” which has resulted in people actually deciding there is NO right or wrong. If I am non-judgmental because I can understand that people are raised with different values, that does not mean I can not longer judge what is right or wrong – what is the matter with the adults in this country? We have already confused our children with this sort of thinking, so that I believe it has contributed largely to young people running amok and doing unspeakable things, ruining other and their own lives before they have had a chance to learn on their own that a good value system does matter! When I was young, society helped keep people within a lawful, moral system – now schools are more of a detriment than a positive in many locations and the end results for our children are entirely left with the parents who are going against society (no right or wrong) and even schools with the same attitudes.

  143. Not Necessary says:

    I am sickened. I read enough of what you quoted…I couldn’t read it all. Enough to reconsider home schooling. Horrible…and unnecessary. I am afraid it will twist their minds!

  144. Kirby says:

    I am so sick of Christians for decades opting out of addressing a multitude of areas that pertain to our population’s diseases. The result of “I’ve got my little ministry and am satisfied” is this very book. A day late and a dollar short, Christians and other conservatives are all of a sudden very alarmed about a “cancer” well advanced, well planned, and a future charted.
    GET ACTIVE NOW!! Get your heads out of the sand.

  145. Einsatz Gruppen says:

    Just how in the heck can teachers/school administrators allow students to read trash like that!? It’s no wonder that the U.S. educational system is declining like it is!

  146. narniagirl55 says:

    Americans are so gullible and most parents use public school for babysitting their kids. The lack of parental involvement is pathetic!!! 100% attendane by parents at PTO/PTA meetings never happens (more like 15%) and when it is time for Parent-Teacher conferences, only the parents of good students bother to show up. (which is why their children are doing so well) So Common Core will pass and slide through because, frankly, parents are clueless and so ignorant that they are like sheep heading to the slaughter without realizing what is happening to their children. Just look at the parents of the 3 boys who murdered the collegiate baseball player..they murdered him in cold blood while he was out jogging for “the fun of it”. And immediately defended that their kids could do no wrong! Education in America is pitiful and few pass and move on to college (and college is a joke too b/c it is 100% liberal as well so our kids come out of college worse than when they went in!)

    Common Core will not be stopped unless more parents actually CARE about what is going on with their children….and few do.

  147. Deidra says:

    Here’s the fallacy with this article–The Core Standards page lists a PARAGRAPH of this book as exemplary.

    Check it out for yourself. The BOOK IS NOT BEING RECOMMENDED. Just a sample paragraph to show the complexity that educators should look for. http://www.corestandards.org/assets/Appendix_B.pdf

    Also, this document states:
    ” The following text samples primarily serve to exemplify the level of complexity and quality that the Standards require
    all students in a given grade band to engage with. Additionally, they are suggestive of the breadth of texts that stu-
    dents should encounter in the text types required by the Standards. The choices should serve as useful guideposts in
    helping educators select texts of similar complexity, quality, and range for their own classrooms. They expressly do
    not represent a partial or complete reading list.”

    This article should be retracted and an apology should be made.

    • Darin Sunny McCullough says:

      ex·em·plar Pronunciation: ig-ˈzem-ˌplär, -plər, eg-Function: nounEtymology: Middle English, from Latin, from exemplumexampleDate: 15th century: one that serves as a model or example: as a : an ideal modelb : a typical or standard specimen  c : a copy of a book or writing

      An ideal model…..I think not.

  148. Deidra says:

    Dear editor,

    It has come to my attention that one of your writers, Macey France, posted an article with MASSIVE errors. She states that a book is one a recommended reading list when in fact it is NOT.

    Here’s the fallacy with this article–The Core Standards lists a PARAGRAPH of this book as exemplary.

    Major fallacy here. The book is not being recommended. Just a sample paragraph to show the complexity that educators should look for. Check it out for yourself. http://www.corestandards.org/assets/Appendix_B.pdf

    Also, this document states:

    ” The following text samples primarily serve to exemplify the level of complexity and quality that the Standards require

    all students in a given grade band to engage with. Additionally, they are suggestive of the breadth of texts that stu-

    dents should encounter in the text types required by the Standards. The choices should serve as useful guideposts in

    helping educators select texts of similar complexity, quality, and range for their own classrooms. They expressly do

    not represent a partial or complete reading list.”

    This article should be retracted and an apology should be made.

  149. modill says:

    Knock it off already!!!
    Don’t you see it’s not about you.
    Yea, those who can, go right ahead and take your kids out of public school and home school them and send them to private schools . . . and in the end the masses will over run you.
    If we don’t work together to stamp out this attemp to subvert the mass population as a whole, then we are all doomed. In the end you have wasted your time to homeschool and private schools will have knuckeled under.
    Fight the “Root Cause” or perish.
    Michael

  150. Thorvington Finglethorpe says:

    Ignorant people love to denigrate great art by selectively quoting passages and presenting them out of context. The larger themes of the book were clearly lost on you in your zeal to attack common core. It’s intellectually dishonest (which, as I can see from your other, previously published entries, you are no stranger to,) and deceptive, to say the least, to call this book “child pornography.”

    You’re just click-whoring for traffic from outraged middle-aged women. Actually, now that I think of it, are there any other kinds?

  151. inked_alice says:

    Life is not sunshine and roses — there are some really awful things that happen to people, and 11th graders (16, 17, 18 years old) are certainly old enough to know about them and process them. This book is graphic, yes — and so are some aspects of life. We should be raising our children to recognize that people like those Morrison describes *are* real; they don’t live under some veil of secrecy or walk around with hunched backs wearing a sign. They need to learn to ask questions, to recognize when situations are dangerous and to always, always listen to that little voice in their head. We do a disservice to them by attempting to shield them from things we think are too hard, too mean or will hurt. And they should also understand issues like racial bias and prejudice and the importance of a healthy self-esteem, topics this book also encompasses.

    I read The Bluest Eye 20 years ago, in an AP English class. We read, we discussed. Some of that discussion was uncomfortable. But guess what? That’s just how things sometimes are. That’s called life. This award-winning novel doesn’t promote pedophilia or incest or any other such thing — it tells a sad, troubled, yet uplifting story that needs to be told.

  152. Greg Ranzoni says:

    lets see 11th grade…that is what, 16, 17? Whaddya know, that’s the age when children start turing into adults! 16/17 year olds are not children but neither are they adults, the need books like these to help them under stand what sexuality is and isn’t! A book about rape and pedophila isn’t an edorsment of rape and pedophila. There is no magical moment or day when young people suddenly have the 100% complete understanding about sex. Right how, how many of your underage teenagers are looking at real pornography? I can’t pull the numbers off the top of my head but i can say with a good amount of certianty that a lot of them are. If you raise your children in a vacuum they are going to get a massive culture shock.

  153. Cheri Chesley says:

    In your article you say that an R rated movie “certainly” wouldn’t be shown in classrooms. Unfortunately I have to disagree. Last year my son, an 8th grader, objected to an R rated movie that was shown in his class by his teacher. I knew nothing about it, didn’t sign a release, and only after my son raised a stink about it was he allowed to go to the library during that time and his teacher apologized.

    This is why parents must be involved in their child’s education. And we must be proactive in what our children are exposed to.

    If
    you have a movie that was rated R, a child under 17 couldn’t see it
    without parental guidance. It certainly couldn’t be shown in the
    classroom, so why in the world would it be okay to let the child read a
    book that contains the same sort of things that require parental
    authority?
    Read more at http://politichicks.tv/column/warning-graphic-common-core-approved-child-pornography/#DZ94d0XLHVBYTdbf.99
    If
    you have a movie that was rated R, a child under 17 couldn’t see it
    without parental guidance. It certainly couldn’t be shown in the
    classroom, so why in the world would it be okay to let the child read a
    book that contains the same sort of things that require parental
    authority?
    Read more at http://politichicks.tv/column/warning-graphic-common-core-approved-child-pornography/#DZ94d0XLHVBYTdbf.99

  154. Disgusted w/ article author says:

    Holy Ignorant Bias… Why did the author of this article choose to expose the interwebs to her brand of ignorance?

  155. Diogenes says:

    First off, citing the someone associated with the Heritage foundation might not work as well as you intend it to given their atrocious reputation when it comes to science (especially the social sciences.)

    Second, if we’re going to avoid detailed discussion of anything horrible the vast majority of history and religion are off the table. Gratuitous or glorified horror strike me as problematic, exploring the actual issues (like the incredibly emotional impact the passages you quote have) strikes me as a tremendously valuable exercise and one that is diametrically opposed to “desensitization”.

    Third, I’m amused by the objection to language. Why should we care what words are used apart from the message they convey? Finding words offensive is so …well silly.

    • docwhocuts says:

      glad you can replace the concerns of all parents with your “silly” comment.
      such arrogance.

      • Diogenes says:

        The fact that many people share a concern is not strong evidence that it’s legitimate. But please, what makes a word “bad”?

        • docwhocuts says:

          please try to respond in english, using basic logic to address what I posted.

          • Diogenes says:

            Hilarious. I’ll try to use smaller words. If everyone believe the sky is falling, does that mean the sky is in fact falling? No, it does not. We can all (hopefully) recall silly things that people used to worry about.

            Profanity is nothing more than cultural convention and anyone who’s looked at the history of words that USED to be profane will realize this.

            Sorry I lapsed into multisyllabic (there I go again) words at the end. Hopefully you’ll get the gist.

          • Darin Sunny McCullough says:

            If everyone believes the sky is not falling, does that make it so?

  156. Gethriel says:

    The best choice is to dismantle the public schools entirely. They do NO good, and MUCH harm as it is – then there is the rampant funneling of funds to the extremely top-heavy “administration” and leaving teachers and parents to buy classroom materials and books. It is just another money-laundering scheme and NEEDS to be shut DOWN. YESTERDAY. Education belongs only in the hands of local government/parents.

  157. Ashley says:

    I homeschool all 3 of my kids. If anyone is interested in doing the same, look at k12.com. FREE public homeschool. All of your materials are sent to you NO CHARGE. I made my children’s curriculum myself, but I have 3 girlfriends that all homeschool their kids using K12.com and they love it!

  158. caseyZA says:

    I actually felt like vomiting – I couldn’t even read the last few paragraphs of that text, i was so enraged and nearly in tears. I can’t believe it. at all.

  159. caseyZA says:

    To ‘prepare’ students, they say. For what, exactly? A life of accepting more and more evil? In a world run by the evil elite., of course that’s what they want. The sick evil dic* who wrote that book, as well as those approving it to be read at school, as well as all pedophiles, rapists, etc. should be hunted down by society, tortured and killed. Because they have a 100% destructive agenda, They are like murderers. We need to understand that there is a satanic agenda by the ‘elite’ to destroy the morals and morale of society, and they target the youth. Look at the ‘music’ (if u can call it that) that they are selling to kids- rihanna and niki minaj! Its’ the gov and corporations, run by the elite, who are responsible for this all-encompassing degradation. junk culture. Junk food, pharmaceuticals, drugs. They are trying to destroy the mental and physical health of the population, to create compliant, depraved, soulless zombies. Our environment is polluted, we are being poisoned both mentally and physically. I used to think this stuff about the illuminati and satanic cult were conspiracy theories, but now I am really starting to think it to be the case. And until people start taking the law into their own hands, and taking charge, and taking their power back and standing up for what is right, against those who are in power and clearly abusing the power, things are gonna get worse. They must take us for idiots. Out modern consumerist society is a sick lie, built on evil, corruption, abuse and exploitation. the filth is running over into every aspect of our lives,. we ignore all the cruelty, towards the planet, animals, indigenous populations. and of course, the exploitation of females. in pornography etc. Rape culture. The degradation of women is always their first step. And what kind of a world are we living in where things such as child pornography, or any pornography, for that matter, and animal crush videos exist? Making sex , violence, degradation, abuse all synonymous with each other. So yep, their aim is to blurr the boundaries betw right and wrong, and they are taking it further and further. They need to be stopped.

  160. workingstill says:

    Has anyone on this board actually read the book? How can you comment on it’s “vulgarity” “filth” or “pornographic” if you’ve never read it? Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye is hardly pornographic. She’s also a Pulitzer prize-winning author. Geez people start thinking for yourself.

  161. Lisa says:

    I was truly shocked to find out that the author of this book, which I have heard nothing about previously, is a woman. Much like the 50 shades novels, I was first enraged when i heard about it, then finding out the author is female, became perplexed. Are some women really trying to give off the impression that girls and women like to be abused? Or is there more to it? this one in particular, like maybe, someone else is behind it. I can’t wrap my head around what would possess anyone to write a book like this, male or female, but especially a female.

  162. S.Y. says:

    another way of just promoting sex, premarital sex, fornication… all in the name of education but really it’s to corrupt the children! God will not be mocked! judgement is coming to this land…. May there be a great repentance, revival and a turning back the the Lord!

  163. Sky MKinley says:

    Constant exposure is often used to normalize a topic that will be introduced later as a reasonable behavior. Pedophiles are attracted to the education system because it gives them a position near to that which they crave the most. Sadly, with so many pedophiles in the rank and file among our teachers and educators it will be a fight to keep underage children from being ‘legalized’ by the system. :(

  164. mike Thor says:

    Get the common core

  165. Colt Law says:

    Do we really think our seniors, those who we expect to function fully and independently in less than a year, are children? Are they so weak willed that a single book can influence them to debauchery where nightly rape stories on Law and Order and the billionth murder described in vivid articulation on the evening news have failed? We have our freshmen, 13 and 14 year olds, read Romeo and Juliet in which a 13 year old girl marries a 17 year old against her parents’ wishes and gives him her (13 year old!) virginity before they kill themselves, and that has been an instructional tool for generations. This article claims this book should be banned for the influence it may have on our students. Are we afraid FOR our children or OF them?

    • mjbrin says:

      how true! when i was a senior in high school we read Romeo and Juliet then went to the theater to watch the movie of the play.
      Best English teacher I ever had. We had great discussions about much of the book and movie!

  166. GIVEMEFREEDOM says:

    As a parent I went to war over a particular book my daughter brought home to read from the school’s library. My daughter had scanned the first couple chapters and thought it was suitable for her to read. She and I had talked about age appropriate education and I wanted her to let me know if the school or teacher went passed my own limits.
    She handed me the book which I perused and found a couple chapters devoted to abortion and how it’s a valuable resource when a young girl gets pregnant. I told my daughter the book is not age appropriate for (11 years old). She attended a middle school.
    The final result, after arguing with her teacher, school librarian, principle, and superintendent , was that the book was removed from the school.
    The not so wonderful part was that the rest of the series of books by the same author were allowed in the school and they told me nothing I could say would change their minds about that.
    I changed my daughters school soon after that.
    We gotta do what we gotta do or they’re going to pervert our entire society. Bill Clinton and Anthony Weiner are leading the way.

  167. druekberg says:

    Open your minds. This is a tough book, but it’s not pornography. If you demand your kids read something else, that’s your right, but that doesn’t mean banning it from the curriculum (if it’s even in your curriculum). The best way to remain ignorant is to keep your mind closed. http://thinkprogress.org/alyssa/2013/08/30/2557951/bluest-eye-alabama/

  168. Guest says:

    As has been pointed out in this comment thread already, an exemplar is not a required reading! The definition of exemplar is EXAMPLE!

    The example from the oooogitty-boooogitty Common Core standards is at this link on page 152:

    http://www.corestandards.org/assets/Appendix_B.pdf?EMCID=323&LNKID=pdf&CFID=28392000&CFTOKEN=10041875

    For the non-curious the paragraph from The Bluest Eyes is just below. You might notice coincidentally that is is beautifully written, as would be expected from a Nobel-prize winning author.

    Begin paragraph

    ===============

    One winter Pauline discovered she was pregnant. When she told Cholly, he surprised her by being pleased. He began to drink less and come home more often. They eased back into a relationship more like the early days of their marriage, when he asked if she were tired or wanted him to bring her something from the store. In this state of ease, Pauline stopped doing day work and returned to her own housekeeping. But the loneliness in those two rooms had not gone away. When the winter sun hit the peeling green paint of the kitchen chairs, when the smoked hocks were boiling in the pot, when all she could hear was the truck delivering furniture downstairs, she thought about back home, about how she had been all alone most of the time then too, but that this lonesomeness was different. Then she stopped staring at the green chairs, at the delivery truck; she went to the movies instead. There in the dark her memory was refreshed, and she succumbed to her earlier dreams. Along with the idea of romantic love, she was introduced to another—physical beauty. Probably the most destructive ideas in the history of human thought. Both originated in envy, thrived in insecurity, and ended in disillusion. In equating physical beauty with virtue, she stripped her mind, bound it, and collected self-contempt by the heap. She forgot lust and simple caring for. She regarded love as possessive mating, and romance as the goal of the spirit. It would be for her a well-spring from which she would draw the most destructive emotions, deceiving the lover and seeking to imprison the beloved, curtailing freedom in every way.

    ===============

    End paragraph

    If you think there is anything new under the sun, you have not been studying your bible. Go ahead, homeschool your children. McDonald’s requires employees too.

  169. US_POLICESTATE says:

    It’s time to run all of the politicians that support this kind of filth out on a rail. Remove them from office. People need to wake up because I’m willing to bet the vast majority of parents out their have no clue what’s being put in front of their kids these days, and by the time it becomes quite literally, painfully obvious, the damage will have already been done.

  170. nohorseslaughter says:

    Did you watch the VMAs? At least reading this in a controlled setting as in assigned reading, there’s a chance to help the students understand and navigate the tough subjects depicted in it… the VMAs? Not so much.

  171. Steven Robinson says:

    Earlier Adam Weisshaupt discussed Communism, Socialism and fascism. His words are very insightful and I heartily endorsed them. Here was my reply to him:

    VERY WELL STATED, Adam!!

    Another slogan I’d state is, “The difference between a Socialist and a Communist is that the Socialist will look away when the Communist puts a bullet into your head.” Bernie Sanders is a socialist, while Bill Ayers is a Communist.

    The Communist Manifesto details the Seven Abolitions to change the culture of a country, preparing it for Socialism. They are as follows:

    1. Abolish the concept of “private property”, which is to say that the product of YOUR hands and mind doesn’t belong to you. Rather it belongs to the “community” as a whole.

    2. Abolish the family unit, with it home-schooling. The social institution of the family unit should be destroyed because the State is entrusted with the raising of the children and the wife should be in the work force, not raising children.

    3. Marriage must be eliminated along with the concept of monogamy. Rather there should be a community of sex partners. And YOU thought the “Free Love” movement of the sixties was all about hippies overactive libido!

    4. Abolish national identity and borders. You see the whole illegal immigration & amnesty movement rooted in this abolishment.

    The last three are so closely intertwined that Marx lists them together, and you’ll see the relevance of these issues played out over the past 50 years here in the United States.

    5, 6, & 7. Abolish Eternal truths, Religion and Morality. The “State” will establish all truths (Moral relativism, Values clarification, etc.); it will be the “religion” of all the people; And the it will tell you what is “Right or Wrong” each and every day! Which of course can change from day to day!

    So here are the “Seven cultural Abolishings” to be implemented to create their “Socialist Utopia”.

  172. mjbrin says:

    wow! my son went to a Catholic High School and they read some really thought provoking and explicit books. None of them were any worse than this book.
    Now the bible has a story about a teen age girl getting pregnant by the holy spirit. Was it age appropriate for her?

  173. mjbrin says:

    well, I think this is greast publicity for her book. Well Done!

  174. maria1125 says:

    I recently found out my Catholic Grammar School has adopted the Common Core Curriculum. Should I be concerned??? Is there a list of reading materials used for the lower grades?? Where can I find this information.

  175. AlarmBelle says:

    To fight against this blatant socialist indoctrination of your children; organize the community and show up at the BOE meeting and tell the Superintendent that you citizens will NOT pass another levy as long as Common Core is the curriculum in your children’s schools. Then VOTE NO on every levy.

  176. cashsn says:

    I was reading this with an open mind, then I got to this portion, and you tanked herself….”This child pornography is protected and lauded because it resides between the pages of a novel. It’s located in libraries and written by an author who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in the 1990s. Don’t forget Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace prize for…well, that’s still a head scratcher, so I don’t put too much stock into Nobel prizes.”

    Your argument became political, not to mention the paragraph before where you said we should not let a high school student exert their free speech right, and then there are the last 2 paragraphs where you compar the novel to a manure inspired art piece.

    Do I like Toni Morrison? Yes, would I read this novel with my classes – probably not. It does contain some graphic passages. Would I like to use some of the other parts of the novel to teach writing and analogy? Yes, there’s some great juxtaposition in it.

    Is it ok to take this option away from me? If so, why not just make my lesson plans for me and dictate exactly what I can teach? I could use the free time.

    Let us all consider the Bible – it contains murder, genocide, incest, homosexuality, infanticide, torture, war, adultery, etc. How many would be up in arms if we wanted to remove the Bible from school libraries? The Bible is referenced in literature classes and religious classes every day in this country. My 10th graders and I talked about Biblical allusion in To Kill A Mockingbird yesterday. By the way, Harper Lee won a Pulitzer just like Toni Morrison, but I wonder if you would denounce Pulitzer prizes as you did the Nobel ones.

  177. Brian Howton says:

    Anyone who fails to notice irony in the line “he wanted to rape her—tenderly” has no business with literature. It’s so apparent it makes the writing sloppy.

  178. Brian Howton says:

    Funny that Macey France advocates an ‘art is subjective’ point of view and then dismisses out of hand anyone who perceives value differently than her.

  179. Brian Howton says:

    Since when is common sense turning a blind eye to the world? The problem of course is not books about rape or reports about rape in the media, the greater problem is that rape exists. And banning a book won’t fix that problem.

  180. Beth says:

    ROBIN H I AGREE THIS BOOK IS NOT FOR HIGH SCHOOLERS IN FACT NO ONE SHOULD READ IT BUT 50 SHADES OF GRAY IS NO WAY ABOUT PEDOPHILIA AND IF YOU READ IT AND THOUGHT IT WAS YOU REALLY NEED TO GO BACK TO SEX ED!! SORRY BUT 50 SHADES WERE CONSENTING ADULTS IN ADULT SITUATION!!!

  181. apeman2502 says:

    Thank the Rockefellers. Without the oil, this would not be in the school curriculum.

  182. Veronica Copple says:

    I read the cliff notes. Everything out there just glosses over the horrible parts. The underlying theme is hatred towards white people. How is this a constructive thing to teach kids?

  183. Lydia B says:

    It is terrifying to me how desensitized society is getting and the atrocious downward spiral it is in… We need to pray now more than ever for the world that our children and grandchildren are being subjected to.

  184. Smellmyfinger says:

    What does a picture of Obama, with the shadow of what can only be Hitler, have in common with the content of this article?

  185. slx lohocla says:

    Thanks Macey France for informing us about this book. I did want to interject a thought, however, regarding the continued appeal to the PhD behind Ms. Jill Manning’s name in order to lend credence to the argument that the book should NOT be taught or used in public schools. That’s what has us in so much trouble these days in the first place. Because when we start looking to PhD’s to tell us what is right and wrong we will see that there are 10 other PhD’s who will oppose Ms.Manning.

    No, it’s time people stand on the ONLY foundation that cannot be moved. And that is the foundation of Jesus. The Christ. He is our Rock. He is our truth. He is the truth that can only save the world and direct it into righteousness. This is our biggest problem. As a church we are UNPREPARED to defend the Gospel because we have been deceived into thinking that people with PhD’s behind their names are the ones with all the answers. this is NOT meant to take away from the hard work and dedication that Ms.Manning has poured into her studies and achievements.

    But until we RETURN to the Foundation that propels and defines the objective standards for societal morality in the first place – we will continue to see the DECAY and breakdown of our society. Right before our very eyes.

  186. Melanie Avery Welch says:

    I think books should have a rating system much like movies do. I don’t have enough time in the day to read all the books my children want to read. A rating system would at least give me peace of mind when taking them to the library, and help me guide them to age appropriate reading material.

  187. Minister of Ration says:

    Just reading this article, and the comments following, makes me weep for our country. That sentence might have been misleading. Let me rephrase: You’re all idiots. The lack of education on this page is so obvious and prevalent I implore you to home school your children. May they be just as ignorant as their parents and help fulfill Darwin’s “theory.” When it comes down to it, all anyone needs for an education is the Bible. Right?

  188. Taxpayer1234 says:

    My daughter’s BFF, a teenager, is living with us because she is a victim of sexual abuse by her stepfather. How exactly would reading this pornographic bullshit help her to heal from her trauma? Hint: It. Won’t.
    There are many young people like her who would be again victimized by the “well-intentioned” Common Core.

  189. Darlene Patricia Giarraputo Me says:

    Join a group in your state Stop Common Core, in New York it’s http://www.stopcommoncoreinnewyork.com

  190. LibertyChick says:

    Send each of Obama’s daughters a copy of the book and see how much Mr. and Mrs. O find it appropriate.

  191. Deviant says:

    As a young woman growing up with the internet, this article is laughable. I found porn and erotica when I was in middle school. Having a book discussed in class that has these “adult” themes is not going to ruin anyone. In fact, it’s a good opportunity to discuss morality when the author doesn’t spell it out for you. Life is ambiguous and by 11th and 12th grade, I hope children are learning to make those sorts of judgements for themselves. If they’re not, maybe it’s a good time to start. Additionally, if someone is dealing with abuse, maybe this story is a good way to wake them up and allow them to seek help. Avoiding discussing abuse won’t make it any better.

    By the way, as far as the summary states, the story ends badly for the main character. Clearly not a figure to emulate. This book is about trying to be someone else, throwing your self worth away for other people, and how terrible that can be. While there are sexually graphic sections, it does not seem like a guide to behavior.

    Life is not tidy and clean. Learning to grapple with morality of difficult situations is an important life skill. More important than what appears on standardized tests. Often villains don’t let you know they’re going to hurt you until it’s already done. What do you do with the charming-smile abuser?

    Obviously not everyone can handle this book, it is up to the teachers to gauge their audience and decide if studying a book would be enriching or just distracting.

  192. gomurr says:

    I remember when schools objected to reading “Catcher In The Rye”. Times certainly have changed, and not for the better.

  193. Angie says:

    Going to throw up now. Couldn’t even finish reading that filth!

  194. Judi W says:

    Fifty shades of gray is about ADULTS.

  195. really? Like for real? says:

    This story is not about pediphilia, its about self percieved beauty and what girls will do to attain the beauty they think will help them have better lives. Anyway, this little book was common core 20 years ago when I was in high school, why is this such an issue all the sudden? You all really didn’t read this book in high school?

  196. Marbran says:

    The simple question is this: would any school administrator allow students to read Penthouse Letters? If not, then this book should also not be allowed. Just because you call a work “literature” doesn’t diminish the pornographic elements it contains.

  197. Pscyh Out the Opposition says:

    This is more than an issue of child porn. A tangible risk exists for the 25% of teens who have been victims of child sex abuse that they will be re-traumatized and act out in potentially fatal ways. Districts that recommend this will face lawsuits when the damage to abused teens becomes obvious. See my blog post: http://psychouttheopposition.wordpress.com/2013/10/10/why-the-common-core-recommended-book-the-bluest-eye-should-be-banned-from-schools-2/

    • Psych Out the Opposition says:

      Wow, it’s 1:30 in the morning. Sorry I mis-typed my pen-name. It should be “Psych Out the Opposition.”

  198. Bridges_Soc says:

    What the hell happened to the laws against pedophilia?!!! Every board member of Common Core, every member of the snakes “administration”, every school teacher and administer, every politician should be charged for criminal exploitation of children and the authors of such books should be charged with aiding and abetting the sexual abuse of children! Come on! Why are we skirting this issue?!

  199. I linked this story here:

    Massive Censorship as Common Core Kills the Mockingbird; Expect Silence from the American Library Association

    http://safelibraries.blogspot.com/2013/10/CommonCore.html

  200. joel brind says:

    It seems to me a good strategy might be to have a large group of parents testify at public hearings, their testimony consisting entirely of quotations from the worst parts of common core approved books. No omissions; no bleeps; just straight quotations (along with the citations of the books being quoted.) To actually make academic arguments about how damaging this is to children is absurd, and gives the filth an academic cachet as somehow worthy of study. Moreover, simply censoring what your own kids can read in a school where his and her classmates can read this filth will hardly insulate them from it.

  201. Don Gwinn says:

    Sooo . . . .the headline about child porn being “Common Core approved” is a lie, or just a mistake? There’s nothing in your article to support it.

  202. Hidden in plain sight says:

    Isnt the whole idea behind porn or the sexual flavour of words to cause arousal in the viewer / reader ? Moving then forward to the final goal of uninhibited sexual passion ….“co-conspirator” …..Yes of course. That’s the final goal …..

  203. drea916 says:

    Well, pedophilia was recently classified as a sexual orientation, so it’s really not much different than reading about two women or two men having sex. There is also a movement to move from the accepted standard of “consenting adults” to merely “consent” and then to the point where “Children CAN given consent! It’s their parents who damage them by freaking out when they find out their children are sexual creatures!” The people who predicted this a year or so ago were labeled bigots, but now here it is.

  204. Jock Doubleday says:

    I taught this book at an alternative high school in Mount Vernon, New York (next to the Bronx) in the 1990s.

    “The Bluest Eye” has nothing whatsoever to do with pornography. It is one of the most beautiful and poignant novels ever written by the hand of humankind, on the very difficult subject of incest, from one of the most lauded novelists of our time, Toni Morrison, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author.

    There is a clear and obvious difference between literature and pornography, and those who seek to identify the literary truth about human misery with the sensationalism that pedophiles might enjoy are the problem.

    I strongly urge everyone to read this book, written by an artist who, in her art, does not shrink from the truth of the horrible things that happen to people, in this case to children.

    The people who are against this book almost certainly have not read it and almost certainly would ban “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” for “racism.”

  205. James Dutton says:

    Lots of talk in the comments but as usual there will be little action and the school system knows it. Show up in force at the PTA and School board meetings and complain but don’t be surprised if the have you removed for it. But then since most of you will never show up and complain, and seldom if ever even vote in school board elections enjoy what they teach your children’s moldable minds with your tax dollars.

  206. Ted Remington says:

    Surely, the concept of the “Common Core” is one that reasonable people can and do disagree on, and there is no doubt that what particular list of works should be included as “exemplars” in Appendix B of the report that lays out the Common Core has been debated at great length from its very beginning. Such debates are worth
    having and can be incredibly productive.

    As to Ms. France’s contribution to this discussion, I think we can find common ground.
    Certainly there are obvious points about this piece that could be pointed out, but these are (at least among this audience) so obvious that it seems hardly possible that they would need pointing out.

    For example, one *could* point out that Ms. France has apparently not read “The Bluest Eye,” and has fundamentally misrepresented the theme of the book, which is (spoiler alert!) NOT that “pedophiles are people too,” but rather that when society tries to pretend that ugliness and violence don’t exist and attempts to limit open discussion of these things, it only helps to further violate the victims. (I now am beginning to see why Ms. France has such a personal problem with the book.) If one didn’t already have eyes to see this, one might read this piece by someone who has . . . you know . . . *actually read the book.* http://www.plunderbund.com/2013/09/19/here-is-whats-wrong-with-banning-the-bluest-eye/

    One could point out that “The Bluest Eye” appears as one entry in a laundry list of hundreds of works of “exemplar texts,” a term that by definition means it is not required—it is only there to give one idea of the level of complexity and range of authors and topics that one might expect a high school junior to encounter in her/his reading. While Ms. X conjures up images of legions of 17-year-olds rhapsodically quoting extended passages from the book, it appears essentially as a footnote in an appendix. Even the specific subcategory in which it appears, a list of prose fiction works on a list of possible texts for high school juniors, it is one of about 20 works. The implication that this work is somehow going to be a central pillar of the educational experience of the average high schooler is, for better or worse, hysterical screeching.

    One could point out the rampant hypocrisy of Ms. France wailing and gnashing her teeth about the graphic depictions of a sexual attack while at the same time carefully reprinting these exact passages with the sort of lurid attention to detail one would normally associate with a pubescent girl using a hot pink highlighter to mark the “good parts” of a bodice-ripping romance novel found on her mother’s nightstand. And to add to this, she republishes the offending passages in a public forum (which then gets reprinted on Facebook, etc., etc. etc.) where ANYONE might stumble across them. My god, what about the children!?

    One could point out that no less a literary conservative (to the point of curmudgeonliness), Harold Bloom, has argued that Toni Morrison’s novels
    are among the handful of contemporary works destined to become part of the
    Western canon of literature and that at least a passing familiarity with them
    will be part of what any well-read, culturally literate person will be expected
    to have.

    One could point out that, contra Ms. France, there is a longstanding therapeutic practice, bibliotherapy, which is based on the realization that reading about issues, particularly traumatic ones that are difficult to discuss, is a way young people can begin to deal productively with past hurts and current fears.

    One could point out that, if one feels any depiction of any depiction of rape, incest, child abuse, child killing, etc., is inappropriate for a young adult audience, regardless of any larger point the author claims to be making, there is a book that depicts all of these crimes and many more, and does so while explicitly presenting them as exemplars (pardon the pun) of moral behavior, and even demands that readers worship the putative author! (I’ll leave to you, gentle readers, to suss
    out to which work I’m referring.)

    One could point out how risible it is to juxtapose an argument for limiting access to an acknowledged work of literary merit with a picture invoking fascism (the Nazis, after all, were the ones burning books because of their alleged immorality).

    One could point out the utter lack of any objective sense of morality or decency . . . the completely monstrous and hideous degree of ethical degeneracy . . . the cataclysmic insensitivity and stupidity . . . of visually equating the president of the United States with the greatest criminal and murderer in history in order to make a completely pedestrian (and, as it turns out, utterly insipid) political point.

    One might point out that this degree of hatefulness, ignorance . . . the minimizing of the reality of what is *truly evil* is exponentially more disgusting (and an infinitely worse influence on children) than the collected works of the Marquis de Sade, let alone Toni Morrison.

    One could point out all of these things, and so much more. Fortunately, no one need do this. As I alluded to at the beginning, in a forum populated by a significant number of people who have taken upon themselves the obligation to be the sole providers
    of their children’s education, one can count on readers to have more critical thinking skills and sensitivity to moral imperatives than the average person. Certainly, it would be an act of callous disregard for the intellectual and ethical wellbeing of a child to take on the responsibility for being the arbiter of what they learn if one did not
    have the rudimentary cognitive abilities and minimal sense of basic decency to
    understand all of the above points without them being pointed out.

    At least, that’s what I’m choosing to believe so that I can sleep at night.

  207. Wolf Herrmann says:

    The image mit this article is most excellent!

    We should indeed burn all this degenerate pornography and return the Fatherland to its pure state!

    • BrendtWayneWaters says:

      If by “most excellent” you mean “something to obfuscate the issue and get people polarized before they even read the article, thereby rendering said article moot”, then yes, I agree with you whole-heartedly.

  208. Mileaway says:

    This reeks of the teachings and practices of Islam. This does not surprise with a Muslim pretender in the White House and the big money extreme left wing supporters of Common Core.

    No, don’t misunderstand my statements as any form of hate crime. They are factual. It is common practice for followers of Islam to have sex with female children even as young as a couple of months old. The prophet of Islam himself was a pedophile marrying a six year old and having sexual intercource with her at age nine. Children are sold as Child brides within the Muslim communities today without hesitation.
    http://atheism.about.com/b/2013/04/24/more-muslim-men-buying-child-brides-for-a-month.htm

  209. linda says:

    I don’t shelter my daughter from the outside. She is in 11th grade and would be able to handle these books ok, many others could not. I would not necessarily want her to be assigned a book like this, but kids have heard all of this before, it is nothing new.

  210. Ella Lohan says:

    While I understand what you’re getting at because you’re conservative, think about this: high schoolers are NOT children! A long time ago they used to marry off 14-year olds together. Marie Antoinette and her husband were married off at the age of 14. In Jewish ceremony the Bar Mitzvah states you’re an adult at the age of 13 to the Jewish community. So I disagree with the idea that HS kids are “children.”

    And let’s face it: Kids have read far more graphic fan fiction online. Oh god. Just read “grimdark” MLP fanfiction. Some of which is made by adults. Others of which is made by kids. Or Twilight fanfiction made by 13-year olds. If you don’t think kids are thinking these kinds of dirty thoughts, you’re wrong.

    Maybe it would be difficult for kids to grasp the portrayal of pedophile/prey, and the author’s intent. That book really looks mighty interesting. I prolly would’ve read it in HS if I had known about it. Oh, HS kids are having sex and experimenting. So “graphic” sex scenes are nothing new to them. It’s how the teacher handles the materials, and gets them to analyze them.

    “Fifty Shades of Grey” was the WORST ever sex story I’ve ever read. I was laughing at its “sex” scenes, they were so horribly written.

    These kinds of books aren’t part of a great conspiracy. They’re just the author’s mind. Public schools are no different from private academies. You can’t let your kid be sheltered by living under a rock. At least by exposing them to an “adult” novel (I remember 12 year old kids reading Tom Clancy), you can talk about parts that make them uncomfortable. Finally, you can’t control everything your kids do! That’s my 2 cents. lol

  211. sunnblue says:

    Worth noting:
    Despite what you may have read on the Internet, there is no national “Common Core Reading List.” The document that The Bluest Eye is mentioned in is an appendix to the Common Core standards. The document lists passages from texts that illustrate the suggested difficulty level of the material students at each grade level should be reading. The Bluest Eye appears in a list of sample texts for 11th grade. The passage from the novel in that appendix does not describe rape or incest.
    Although critics of the Common Core have pointed to the inclusion of The Bluest Eyeon a Common Core text list as a sign of how bad the Common Core is, Terhar told StateImpact earlier this month she actually thinks the Common Core will be good for Ohio students. She just doesn’t think the state should be suggesting any kind of endorsement of The Bluest Eye as assigned reading in Ohio schools.
    And, for the record, Terhar told StateImpact that she has read the book.

  212. chloey says:

    Take a look at any book that is read past or present. They filled with sex, drugs, violence, etc. While I agree this particular book is not completely appropriate, the same could be said for almost any piece of literature out their. The Scarlett Letter is about Adultery, Lolita about pedophilia, anything by Shakespeare is nothing but violence. I think books of this level are a great prep for college classes especially if its an Advanced Placement class. The test is hard and expects the student to be able to concisely discuss this type of writing. For the person who named Great Expectations as an approved novel, have you actually read that book? If so you really need to read it again. Its not really that much different from this one in its context only in its writing and language.

  213. Robbie Sandi Neal says:

    This is so sick!!! I couldnt read it! This is the enemies work! He wants to get into our childrens m.inds and brain wash them! This is just the beginning people! Wake up! They are gtoing to continue to brain wash our children and over medicate them till their zombies! I pray that the teachers, parents and students will not be blinded and will take a stand against thbese abominations! I homeschool my 4 children, yes its tough, but its worth it to protect our children! Our nation has gotten priorities backwards and we need to go back to our chbristian roots and to the order of how God planned it all to be! Thats why this world and our nation is sick! Because it has turned its back on God, when God was protecting us from evil.

    • Jim Aroyo says:

      Uh, why do you think God should be forced on others? Worship all you want–but keep God out of the schools as a prayer ritual.

  214. Adalberto Cervantes Rodriguez says:

    NSA, CIA applying high tech against Mexican and USA citizens. Full implementation of the NSA system to have in place the Fake New Order in Mexico and USA. Several countries are behind China, India, Germany among others .The NSA system is a diabolic system created by lazies, science was not applied at all and it is done by high school workers without educative documents. It is a system that eats other systems like television, radio, internet, telephone among others. Attacks several targets at the same time using CIA techniques of dealing with different groups. This system protects operations of the agencies including in the system, it is not only USA, but also India that supplied more of the technical support. Indians is kind of race without ethic at all. Everything is in real time. Its weakness is the low level of technology used, because IT science was not applied, because they preferred domination of the technicians. Again the son that it is hated by illuminaties, indians, homosexual and CIA https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=474264039355030&set=vb.388313877950047&type=2&theater We have to be careful with the media, banks specially owned by Jewish and Islamo Nazis Be united to stop the illuminaties in Mexico http://lnkd.in/bxygsQp

  215. Adalberto Cervantes Rodriguez says:

    Money and control…period. That´s all CIA and indians activities world wide The song of the illuminaties http://lnkd.in/bXUSuDR The South Gods against the illuminaties http://lnkd.in/b8vsr66 This illuminaties only wants our money and if they have the chance to kill us to have it. They enjoy it. The illuminaties are copying spies, do not trust in their credential, everything is fake

  216. Adalberto Cervantes Rodriguez says:

    I think that Mexico and USA may be better than India, if we let the mexican and US PhD and scientists work together in each module of the ERP, and créate something really advance for our civilization, mexican american should be working together for a new Era. The true is that the mexican and US education is without direction, to have it, it is necessary to unify all the level of education, and structure the knowledge by modules at all the levels to créate the productivity models, I created. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jTMv2XAUHP4 The mexican and US government should work at all levels of the mexican and US education and structure the knowledge in the way to be more productive, protect our companies, our Nation. No podemos dejar las empresas mexicanas y americanas en manos de estos tipos por falta de acuerdos en el sector educativo, realmente falta un reforma educativa que redunde productivamente en el sistema mexicano y americano https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=474264039355030&set=vb.388313877950047&type=2&theater

  217. Adalberto Cervantes Rodriguez says:

    Aztecs, Toltecs, Mayas are alive, they survived, and they are against the illuminaties, lazies, homosexual among others https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=614153231964704&set=vb.478715722175123&type=2&theater The Aztec, Olmecs, Mayas and others are alive in Mexico against the Illuminaties, I hope can be extended to the north of Mexico and South of USA. Integral education at all level to protect our companies and our nation. Bill Gates copied me wrong https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=630317220339709&set=a.628957993808965.1073741825.620414357996662&type=1&theater

  218. Adalberto Cervantes Rodriguez says:

    http://abclocal.go.com/ktrk/story?section=news%2Flocal&id=9315057 Andrew Pease and CPS San Antonio are criminals. http://www.c-spanvideo.org/clip/4470083 Obama is using CPS against iT consultants and finance top managers . http://lnkd.in/bEeAMkH Possible human traffic activities between DIF Mexico and CPS San Antonio, and relation with the catholic Pope.
    The pope start visiting and made business with them, The catholic church has to recuperate the money of the sues against them in …USA. He knew about the killing of millions of Chineses of a religious group, Chineses offered him the life of the Chinese children of this religious group (Genocide massacre in China). Good opportunity, he contacted Hillary Clinton, and Calderon, opus dei members, business done in high level.
    It seems that Joaquin Castro works for the China Imperium including India and their satellites countries like Mexico. Human Traffic between DIF Mexico to CPS San Antonio of Mexican, children from India and Chinese children. Allowing investment of American and Mexican mafias in San Antonio. Shame on Joaquin Castro. The true will come soon.
    Calderon and his wife controlled DIF Mexico, the only entity similar to Child Protective Services in USA and with legal authority to USCIS (Immigration), Calderon and his wife were the only taking decision of adoption in Mexico through the States, instead of help many children to legalize their situation in the States, they used them as a personal business, each child more than 15,000.00 USD, they were coming from China, India and also Mexican children to be given in adoption in the States, no body (Mexican, Mexican American families), even the personnel in DIF Mexico knows that DIF is the only legal entity recognized by USCIS to do that. Only my estimates annually with Chinese children are more 200 million dollars, but it was only a personal business of Calderon and Fox that no Mexican or Mexican American was beneficiated.

  219. Adalberto Cervantes Rodriguez says:

    Los modelos macroeconómicos y microeconómicos mexicanos del TLC han sido repetidos en otras partes del mundo dejando millones en la pobreza extrema. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tW4p9N2Ocs8#!
    Mexican Macroeconomic and microeconomic models of NAFTA have been repeated in other parts of the world leaving millions in extreme poverty. http://www.proceso.com.mx/?p=351991 http://lnkd.in/bAiUkKD The indians have lower credentials if they have it to this educutive level. The indian educative system does not follow USA standars. Indians are going to learn US tax laws in jail. Sues for not paying taxes http://lnkd.in/bPwkCBg Poor illuminaties and indians under US tax laws. Anyway, almost all of them with fake documents and no credentials are already crimininals. Tourist visas are not acceptable to work in the USA. IT companies can be sue if they broke the american laws. Besides that it must be a fraud against 500 Fortune companies in fact adding several countries that could sue them for not paying taxes in their own countries.

  220. Gdub says:

    Just because Toni is black, she has the “right” to be in text books.

  221. gran gran says:

    This is some SICK crap. Whoever thinks that these kids need to be reading this should be locked away permanently. Who are these Nasty People that are trying to ruin our kids,. ,. . You will go to HELL for this you sick F**ks. . .

  222. Nanajane says:

    Many years ago, we were introduced, mainly on TV,to “soft” porn and foul language by being assured that this is reality in the world so we can’t escape it. This IS some people’s reality, but why do we elevate the worst of our society instead of the best? What is being forced on our children is the natural result of this thinking.

  223. Tiffany says:

    Someone suggested to find a religious or private school so this type of thing does not happen! I hate to break it to you. My boys attend a Catholic School……they are switching to Common Core! I’m not sure why or what they think is in store for them but if any book like that is supposed to be read by any of my kids, boys there or daughter at public school, there will be heads flying! Sorry!

  224. thrukhe says:

    Run from the Common Core and all it touches!

  225. Maryvoneiff says:

    2,346th reason to homeschool.

  226. T says:

    And yet, they want the Bible, the United States flag, pledge of allegiance, and all GOOD, moral teaching, removed from our schools for fear of
    “stepping on someone’s toes”.
    We have some very SICK folks in charge of our very SICKLY society !
    This book should, without question, be removed from any and all public education systems!!

    • Jim Aroyo says:

      You can have the Bible in the school but you can’t force kids to read or use it. Why do “Christians” think Jesus should be forced on others?

  227. Jim Aroyo says:

    Although less graphic in its text, the Bible is full of incest, perversion, etc.

  228. Deb says:

    Oprah Winfrey is a racist in the strongest
    form…

    She is calculating and vicious.

    Her background being raped by family members,
    that led to her lesbian lifestyle, is her motivator.

    She celebrates her “victim hood” with
    zeal. She also enjoys sharing others stories of their “victim hood”

    Her mind is that of a sociopath, in its deepest
    form. She feels comfort and a sisterhood to those she can also convince, that
    they too are victims.

    She supports “Common Core” as to make
    more victims, just like her.

    Oprah has “blame” for everyone but
    herself for her life choices. She has made billions of dollars off of the backs
    of those she truly hates, and victimizes. She is every sense the
    “evil woman”

    I think her support of the teachings of Common
    Core is proof of that.

    She
    is helping to make more Oprahs in this world, filled with hate, sexual
    dysfunction, and sexual debauchery.

  229. WALTER says:

    preached it posted it now just maybe some people will wake up and see obomer and his muslim THUGS is out to destroy AMERICA.

  230. Kami G says:

    If we don’t teach our kids our past, its bound to repeat itself.

  231. Jonathan Hershey says:

    Ha ha, parental sensitivity. Hey, is this comment going to be removed by the posting police?

  232. batmanroxus says:

    Commie Core

  233. Matthew Reece says:

    I guess it makes sense that people who run a system that abuses children would think nothing of putting a book about child abuse on a list of exemplar texts.

  234. Reelman1946 says:

    I detest the feds in education BUT
    I am told that CC has NO limited approved list…
    a school district may or may NOT pick from any CC list of books…
    the list is only (supposedly) to show certain skill sets within…

    repeat: there are no mandated CC book lists…
    I am retired 10 years as a college prof and wife is still going after 39 years…
    BTW, we both have doctoral degrees and are VERY VERY VERY conservative…
    (if you doubt that visit my theconservativecrawfish site)

  235. Todd Beaucoudray says:

    Don’t expose your children to the Bible. Far worse happens in that piece of fiction than The Bluest Eye. I suppose it’s okay, though, because it was written by god. Sigh.

  236. Think2Know416 says:

    It may be true that CC does allow schools or districts to make the final choices from the reading lists. This would not be helpful if the one in charge of making the final choice allow the porn novels to be in the classrooms. I found and read porn novels when I was 12/13 years old. The novels contained S and M, beastiality, incest, fetishes, and more. I am 52 years old and I have no way to know precisely how reading these books affected me, but I have no reason to believe reading them had any positive affect and many reasons to believe that there were negative affects. Robin H. makes an excellent point, porn is becoming “normalized.”

  237. 4thalolz says:

    A clockwork orange is more tasteful

  238. DHadas says:

    WOW. I cannot believe that ANY schools would allow such garbage and filth in their libraries. I am truly shocked.

  239. Eric Casey says:

    DON’T ACRE!

  240. Megan Miller says:

    It’s not very libertarian to trash literature…you’re blowing the entire novel out of proportion. I read it as a ninth grader in a public high school in Illinois lauded as being one of the best in the state. It was a difficult read but it deals with real truths about society and human nature and in *no way* promotes, glamorizes, or desensitizes people to sexual exploitation.

  241. ElrondPA says:

    I think they should also be assigning Playboy for the articles…

  242. Shaun Buck says:

    I
    agree with the posting that this book should not be in anyone’s
    curriculum but I wish that picture could be deleted. The reason I want
    that picture gone is it just prevented anyone who is a democrat/liberal
    from reading this post. We need to try to keep partisan politics out of
    the debate on common core, it’s the only way we can get rid of it.

  243. Damien Halbert says:

    Where in the Common Core standards can you find this book?

  244. Debby says:

    I signed permission for my 16 yr daughter to read this book in 1999. It was on an alternative reading list for Gifted and Talented in Jefferson Parish Louisiana. I agree the book is disturbing. We discussed it as she read and had some rather frank talks. However it does give a perspective unlike no other from the eyes of both victim and violater. It gave us both the chance to discuss things that otherwise would never come up. It taught her about compassion for those who had been violated, how to react should she be in as similar situation and the importance speaking out. These were not lessons taught in text but by discussion. This book is not for every student. I can see where problems can exist. Ii’m glad we read this book, I read it first before giving permission. While disturbing to this day, she is 30 now, she has thanked me for allowing her to read it. It made her more tolerent by realizing sometimes victims can’t help themselves by walking away but more importantly that the violater sees nothing wrong with their actions and will continue to violate children because they see it as love, making them more dangerous than the average criminal and they need to be removed from society to prevent further violence. The one thing she impressed me most with was the conclusion that not speaking out and supporting the victim makes us as bad as the violater. Very mature material for mature readers.

  245. finishstrongdoc says:

    I see this Common Core initiative as similar to the teaching of evolution, which is a theory of how life came to be without the existence of a Creator of life.

    Without giving graphic detail, children can be taught the simple truth that they didn’t create themselves, and their parents didn’t create themselves, and that God has revealed himself in the Person of Christ so that we may, with these bodies we are given, know, love and serve God in this life, and be happy with Him in the next.

    The above paragraph would be impossible to teach in a government classroom. It is banned as being “religious speech.”

    It doesn’t take a whole lot of discernment to see what is happening here.

  246. RebekkaLiebenberg says:

    I’m a homeschooling mom. my children were more ‘sheltered’ in school
    than they are at home – in the sense that the kids mixed only with a
    certain group of people and their experiences were ridiculously
    contrived. I used to worry a bit initially about getting that part
    sorted out for the sake of the kids sport and having enough friends
    their own age, but I soon realized that they actually are in the ‘real
    world’ when they home school. Schooled children generally don’t have
    nearly enough exposure to life to have a healthy frame of reference from
    which to initiate discussions or interact with a wide variety of
    people. Obviously many parents are very engaged with their children and
    they do more with their kids on the weekends, but for some it is a
    ‘weekend warrior’ mentality and as far as the day to day things go, in
    my 5 years experience of homeschooling, I have met more matured and
    socially confident young people than I did in my previous 35 years of
    life (and I was at a great public high school, I studied at a good
    university and I worked in 3 different industries, namely marketing,
    pharmaceutical and emergency medical as well as a little education.) You
    will be surprised to learn that what you have described above actually
    applies to school going children who tend to be on the poverty end of
    the scale or the super rich end of the scale where in both instances,
    children are largely left to their own devises at times in their
    development where they need precisely more interaction and guidance of
    their caregivers or parents. In Homeschooling, the socialization aspect
    is the exact opposite of what 9-5 working adults and 7-3 schooled
    children think. Some think this might be because they have precious
    little information other than what they see in the hour or more they
    spend watching the news or TV in the evenings (where everything from
    child rearing to education and war reporting or sex has a certain
    journalistic license or sensationalism, and all those canned laughter
    shows have such a warped perspective of life as to make normal life seem
    quite awkward and complicated to one who only knows this … I’m sure
    you must have heard of the term ‘TV personality’ applied to young people
    that live through this medium only?)Generally home schooled
    children know exactly what they want from life, they have their futures
    pretty well planned by the time they are 16 and they have already mapped
    their path and chosen their cause. Usually they study tertiary
    education in the field in which they have the most interest and aptitude
    and there is virtually a zero drop out or fail rate. Most homeschoolers
    gravitate towards professional people due to their higher level of
    vocabulary and the diversity of their general knowledge which tends to
    irritate and patronize those who are still trying to ‘find themselves’
    and the words they need to describe their conflicting emotions left over
    from being bullied at an age where they did not have the emotional
    maturity or mental stamina to withstand the age inappropriate onslaught.
    I’m a mom of 4 where my eldest has worked beyond what we can offer her
    at home and is now finishing school privately, 1st or 2nd in her class
    in her 8 subjects (sometimes the other home schooler beats her by 5%) My
    second child has also just recently joined her and jumped 2 grades
    because thats what the placement tests showed (I’m not altogether keen
    on this… but we’ll see how that works out since we have 2 years to
    play with) and my 11 and 6 year old are still unschooling happily at
    home. Just this evening my 11 year old asked me why so many people don’t
    know about basic things…. she can’t understand what the hold up of
    information is since, as she puts it… ‘ its all out there, available,
    and every way you turn you can read about something!” It astounds her
    that she finds adults who don’t know things she believes is common
    knowledge, and her feelings on this is that ‘most people live under a
    rock’. I suppose a know it all 11 year old with impeccable manners and
    better telephone skills that the Dr’s secretary, with a no fear attitude
    even in the presence of a king, will be rather unnerving for most.
    Sometimes we are thought of as ‘unique’ and strange and a little too
    good to be true (but most don’t see the state of my kitchen and the
    dining room table full of laundry and 3 lounging ginger cats), but
    that’s OK for us, because we actually know that the normal that used to
    be considered common, which we think we manage to mostly attain, has
    become pretty much out of the grasp of those who are slaves to hearsay
    and unoriginal thought, people who rely on reports of things rather than
    doing the research themselves, and who tend to enjoy not knowing about
    the realities outside of their small reality. Believe me, you also
    sometimes see weirdo/antisocial elements within the homeschooling
    community as is evident in schools, and real life, but on the whole
    there is a certain wholesomeness that comes with a family that genuinely
    grows up together and learns all the time in a way that satiates the
    heart and the mind. Books like this “Bluest eye” is a strange choice to
    even use in reference to criminology studies due to its lack of defined
    ethics in terms of how this relates to the reader or the reader to it –
    it smacks of indoctrination and desensitization of an impressionable and
    malleable minds of young people, especially its having been introduced
    into a school setting where children are supposed to learn… what
    exactly is this book going to teach them that is not already widely
    published in all social media.. .it begs the point of the intention of
    those setting the material. Please excuse my patronizing tone – I’m just
    very very tired of the ignorance and foot in mouth comments made by all
    and sundry on a topic for which they are so obviously and heinously
    uninformed.

    • widower9 says:

      Rebekka, I certainly could not have said it as well as you have here. The description of your homeschooled children is very similar to those of my relatives who have been homeschooled. It is amazing what can be accomplished with children and what they can attain when given the freedom and reason to do so. My son is yet another example.

  247. nancy says:

    If someone reads this book and is then desensitized to pedophilia and rape, then that says more about the reader than the book. Because this book in fact drives home the point of how
    horrific these acts are, and how this girl felts she had to deal with it alone because she is poor and black. Are 16-18 year olds (who are not really children) able to handle mature and difficult subjects like this? Some yes, some no. Does it make this book pornographic? No.

    I read it in high school over 20 years ago. A private, religious high school. The right teacher will make it work.

    • The vast majority of 16 to 18 year olds ARE really children. You’re just in denial because you may have been an exception. Some can handle this book and understand its POV as you did. Most can’t. Few teachers are the “right” type to “make it work.” This book should be in the library and available to anyone who wants to read it. However, it should not be required reading for an entire class or grade level.

  248. Donald Meinshausen says:

    I had access to porn from local stores when I was 10 and this was in 1960. Back then you were handed Playboy under the counter and in a paper bag. However having it as part of a curriculum is a bit much.

  249. SD says:

    Sodom and Gomorrah

  250. ab says:

    May I just suggest that in the future, one or two short examples would suffice. This is a large amount of the most lewd excerpts I’ve ever read. The more we post these sorts of things, the more they are propagated (especially outside of their context), the greater the toll they take on society’s consciousness. We become desensitized and acts become normalized. As a young woman who clicked on this post off of a friend’s political Facebook posting, I feel that I’ve been introduced to something I would rather not have read in so much detail… Without any of the thematic redemption Ms. Morrison gives readers who might read her novel as a whole.

  251. widower9 says:

    If this is on the reading list for Common Core, I would say that it tells what kind of ethics and morals are lacking by those who developed the list. When you begin digging into American society, especially into the upper echelons of the movers and shakers, you will find that their lifestyles are shocking, to say the least. We are currently under the dominion of pedophiles and perverts and that is why the grassroots is being bombarded by this kind of immorality. A simple Psy 101 course and some history gives anyone enough information to see what they are doing with our children. America’s modern public school system has basically become an institution for birthing the Brave New World and the New World Order in the United States.

  252. CTMom says:

    Lord help us and protect our children. What the heck is going on in this country????? Who are these people who want to “Teach” our children this? I am sick to my stomach.

  253. Anne says:

    Twenty five years plus ago, there was a book ‘George’s Girl’ – or some similar title that was introduced, furtively, into the curriculum in Western Australia. Our daughter was subjected to its influence and complained to us, together with some of her class mates. The book was distributed at start of class and collected at the end, so she had to smuggle a copy out for me. It was MILD compared to The Bluest Eye – which is totally inappropriate and disgusting – but was along similar lines, none the less. Pornography in words that had to be role played in class; this was with 13-14 year old children. To his credit, when the Principal was made aware he immediately removed the book. Parents have to be eternally vigilant and as Grandparents, we still have a responsibility to not only our own families, but society in general. It often seems like a waste of our time trying, but our silence and compliance can only be interpreted as compliance and agreement. That is not an option! We live in a sick world where every God given standard is being eroded by evil, but we have a duty to stand and be counted. God help all the decent parents and kids out there.

  254. Aaron Neumann says:

    I thought your article was well written and fair, and I agree with it. But the picture has no relation? What does Obama have to do with this? And a Nazi reference? Isn’t it us who want to ban this book in the narrow sense? Very confused why you’ve politicized this. The picture is the first thing people see when this is shared on Facebook.

  255. Scott Pam says:

    Take your heads out of the sand folks. This is the goal and workings of a group of people that have managed to get control of many institutions in the US, including our political parties.

    Perhaps some of you will take the time to read what is now part of the Congressional Record as of 1963.

    It might help you see the bigger picture rather than the small picayune garbage that we are prone to argue about.

    http://www.rense.com/general32/americ.htm

    Please check off the ones that have been accomplished.

  256. Summertime Martin says:

    At the end of this thread, I wrote about the appointee
    who Obama has as his Education czar. He is the
    one who can be traced to all of the Common Core
    depravity targeting our school kids.

    Here is the article from the Washington Times
    verifying my recollection.
    You can find it on an internet search
    of ‘czar, Education, Obama’s regime’

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    The Obama administration is stonewalling serious inquiries about sexual
    filth propagated by a senior presidential appointee who is responsible
    for promoting and implementing federal education policy. Democrats
    clearly are terrified of ruffling the feathers of their activist
    homosexual supporters, who are an influential part of the Democratic
    party’s base. This scandal, however, is not merely about homosexual
    behavior; it is about promoting sex between children and adults – and
    it’s time for President Obama to make clear that abetting such illegal
    perversion has no place in his administration.

    It is curious why White House officials and Education Secretary Arne
    Duncan believe it’s worth it politically to continue taking arrows for
    defending Kevin Jennings, who is Mr. Obama’s controversial “safe schools
    czar.” The evidence suggesting he is unfit to serve as a senior
    presidential appointee is startling and plentiful. It was revealed this
    week that Mr. Jennings was involved in promoting a reading list for
    children 13 years old or older that made the most explicit sex between
    children and adults seem normal and acceptable. This brought up anew Mr.
    Jennings’ past controversies, such as his seeming encouragement of sex
    between one of his high school students and a much older man as well as
    his praise for Harry Hay, a notorious supporter of the North American
    Man Boy Love Association.

    But there is more. There are shocking new revelations this week of tape
    recordings from a youth conference involving 14-year-old students. The
    conference, billed as a forum to encourage tolerance of homosexuality,
    was sponsored by Mr. Jennings’ organization and was held at Tufts
    University in March 2000. Mr. Jennings was executive director of the
    Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) from its founding in
    1995 until August 2008. The conference sessions appear to have had less
    to do with promoting tolerance and more to do with teaching children
    how to engage in sex.

    Andrew Breitbart’s Biggovernment.com provides tapes of some of the
    sessions. Describing the subject matter as smut would be putting it
    lightly. The conference discussions were very graphic and cannot be
    relayed in full detail in a family newspaper. A few examples are
    sufficient to describe the depravity of the subject matter. During one
    session about oral sex, a presenter asked the 14-year-old students:
    “Spit or swallow? Is it rude?” In another session, the 14-year-olds are
    taught about a gross practice called “fisting,” in which “the man
    leading the discussion position[ed] his hand and show[ed] 14-year-olds
    how to insert their entire hand into the rectum of their sex partner.”

    Teaching children sexual techniques is simply not appropriate.
    Unfortunately, it is part of a consistent pattern by some homosexual
    activists to promote underage homosexuality while pretending that their
    mission is simply to promote tolerance for so-called alternative
    lifestyles. It is outrageous that someone involved in this scandal is
    being paid by the taxpayers to serve in a high-powered position at the
    Education Department, of all places. At some point, Mr. Duncan, Mr.
    Jennings, Obama administration spokesmen and the president himself are
    going to have to start answering questions about all this. Refusing to
    do so won’t make the issue go away.

    Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2009/dec/09/obamas-risky-sex-czar/#ixzz2oKRHt5VF

  257. Summertime Martin says:

    Now that this thread has run its course,

    I hope that it is apparent to all of the

    posters here, that we have two opposite

    senses of values; the moral/ God given

    and the immoral/satanic given.

    Ella Lohan should not be in a classroom

    with children of any culture. She is

    the epitome of unsavory role models.

    The Bible does include all of the

    labeled sins, including incest;

    Jesus did not condone these

    actions. God did not create mankind

    to indulge in sin.

    The topic is not the Bible and its

    themes of immorality.

    The topic is the overtaking of our

    Educational System by immoral

    politicians.

    The answer is simple.

    As a retired teacher, not ever having

    been in a system where such depravity

    was given to teach in a curriculum,

    I can say that the answer is in the

    uprising of the parents.

    If you think that you are powerless to

    change the winds of evil, you are

    wrong. One person cannot rebel against

    a school board or a system.

    A group of angry, insistent parents can

    do what is needed to remove the

    culprits involved.

    You can attend a townhall meeting,

    decide on what to do, and do it.

    You do not have to wait for a term

    to expire to rid your town of a

    subversive superintendent.

    Parents have POWER.

    Believe this and gather together

    in one common goal.. to rid this

    nation of Common Core.

    By the way, I believe that the

    person on the WHouse staff

    in Education is himself a

    pervert. Who appointed him?

    The master of lawlessness.

    No. This is not a political pointing

    of the finger. It is, as I recall,

    a fact. Amongst the 35 or so ‘czars’

    there is a pervert in charge of the

    Educational policies.

    Find the ribbon and track Common Core

    back to this appointee.

    Get rid of all the low-life that

    are squatting in our government

    organizations.

    Aside from a few advocates of

    depravity on this blog,

    most of the writers are wholesome,

    moral, and at a loss as to what to do.

    This is average for a nation of

    315,000,000 people.

    It is comforting to know that there

    still exists in this mire of filth

    true Americans with moral values.

  258. Summertime Martin says:

    I have re-posted my last comment
    so you don’t have to go through 550
    comments to find it.

  259. KellyKAFIR says:

    this makes me glad my kid is dead… I would seriously hurt someone over this crap!

  260. A.C. says:

    I agree that this book should not be allowed in schools, much less required reading. But however, I disagree with the comparison to the 50 Shades books, which have nothing to do with pedophilia.

  261. marineh2ominer says:

    I am seventy years old , I cannot think of a reason even adults shoud be compelled to read this filthy garbage , of course the purpose for kids is to make them into perverts to further the degradation of our youth to where morality no longer exists .

  262. czech2 says:

    Why are you once again all bend out of shape over couple of silly books , why are you still subconsciously horrified by anything sexual ,why do you believe that children – in this case 17 year olds – can be “hurt” by somewhat twisted fantasy ? you still carry your curse within you and it cripples your lives and unless you come to turns with who you really are and how you got here in the first place the insanity of it will keep us all locked up in this self imposed nut house. Look inside of you – there are no rational reasons for this but simply being branded like a livestock in your early years . If the God did not want you to fly he wouldn’t have given you the
    tickets!!

  263. cj says:

    I can’t even comment on this filth…

  264. cobalt_blue says:

    Interestingly enough, these scenes would be more than enough to get them removed from Amazon.com.

  265. Robert Livingstone says:

    This is horrible id thought id never advocate burbing books but this book only qualifies as rubbish. My god the brainaics who put this rubbish in schools need to have theif bloody heads examined.

  266. kindamara says:

    Wonderful. Will the “Story of O” by J be on their 12th grade reading list? How about just show them porn movies all day. Then they all get upset about sexting, pedophiles, rape, sexual torture, etc. Hmmm, have Arne Duncan and Bill Ayers read these books? Maybe they helped write them

  267. Conservative NJ Girl says:

    Filth is not education, period! I’ll be calling my daughter’s high school tomorrow!

  268. debra pittman says:

    this is trash , as an adult i wouldnt read it, darn sure it does not need to be in school, this is something they can read when they are adults and buy it their selves.

  269. EllenBernal says:

    The Europeans, specifically Germans believe Americans are country bumpkins with only religious understanding of sex.

  270. ki-lee says:

    speechless , wow

  271. Jesse says:

    None of this has to do with religious values, it has to do with common sense. This is sick as hell, and a good example of why freedom of speech doesnt work

  272. Zeke says:

    First…we need to eliminate the world of Bill Gates!!!

  273. Candice says:

    Trash in. Trash out.

  274. English Language Arts Teacher says:

    There is no “Common Core” national reading list. What appears on an approved book list is decided on a district level, and it will vary from district to district. Common Core does not dictate what texts students are to read- it merely reflects the types of skills students learn as they read and refers to the text complexity. One of the goals is to get students to be able to comprehend higher level texts and have the stamina to read longer texts- but it does not dictate exactly which texts must be read. So, if this literature is on an approved book list, it is not because Common Core “put” it there. It’s because a district approved it.

  275. Jock Doubleday says:

    I taught this book at an alternative high school in Mount Vernon, New York (next to the Bronx) in the 1990s.

    “The Bluest Eye” has nothing whatsoever to do with pornography. It is one of the most beautiful and poignant novels ever written by the hand of humankind, on the very difficult subject of incest, from one of the most lauded novelists of our time, Toni
    Morrison, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author.

    There is a clear and obvious difference between literature and pornography, and those who seek to identify the literary truth about human misery with the sensationalism that pedophiles might enjoy *are* the problem.

    I strongly urge everyone from teens on up to read this book, which was written by an artist who, in her art, did not shrink from the truth of the horrible things that happen to people, in this case to children.

    The people who are against this book almost certainly have not read it and almost certainly would ban “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” for “racism.” Caution: Toni Morrison’s book, “Beloved,” about the slave trade, is even more powerful than “The Bluest Eye,” but for the same reason: it tells the truth.

    The Common Core curriculum is an insane curriculum developed by eugenics monsters funded by the House of Rothschild. But if Common Core curriculum developers included “The Bluest Eye” to hurt teens, they made a grave mistake.

  276. Realistic says:

    Oh paleeese! Has anyone read this book? This is so out of context and if your high school student is mature enough they will be able to read this book objectively for what it is and the messages within. It’s not a sex novel, it’s a journey through poverty, abuse, discrimination and the search for beauty. If you don’t feel they are mature enough, or if the content makes them uncomfortable then have them opt out of reading it. You still have choices. Just because it is, and has been, on the reading list doesn’t mean you have to read it.

  277. Concerned Mama says:

    How can we petition against this? TN just started using common core this year.

  278. Kommoncents says:

    My kids? Who cares… I want to read this book. Grow up people, by 11th grade they are adults, and this is the way modern literature is written. Why, because it’s the reality of the world we live in.

  279. Ginger says:

    Whatever the proponents of this book say, I don’t find it as suitable for the classroom. My daughter is a sophomore in college. During her middle/high school years she read a lot of books/ stories that dealt with death, suicide, bullying, etc. …. anything that was as far removed from motivational and inspirational as you can get. All the literature was down right depressing and I think it took it’s toll. Yes, this does happen in life, but isn’t it better to inspire our kids rather than bring them down into the depths of negativity and depression? Oh, maybe that’s what Bill Gates wants, people who have no self- esteem, no self-confidence, no feeling of self-worth. Oh wait…. the Bill Gates/government depressed worker drones. It’s time to raise our kids to be the best they can be. This pornography in the classroom destroys the values that support a strong society. Common Core needs to be stopped now.

  280. Ashley D Pearce says:

    This isn’t porn and by 11th grade they’ve already seen way worse on the internet I promise you. I read The Color Purple in high school this is not that different.. Also they see more violence in tv and on movies. I dislike common core as I want the Govt out of education in general but this arguement is stupid and a main reason why the left laughs so hardily at us and also why they are winning as of late. Regroup and rethink your arguements focus on the practical: why aren’t schools teaching kids life stuff like how to do taxes, how manage a household budget, how to buy a car or house etc. These are the arguements that should be addressed not this nonsense!

    • T.O. says:

      “why aren’t schools teaching kids life stuff like how to do taxes, how manage a household budget, how to buy a car or house etc. .”
      Because they are being taught this “nonsense” instead! This is porn, child pornography, and this is completely inappropriate for schools, period.

  281. Bob says:

    I’m in 9th grade and we had to read this book, I go to Woodrow Wilson public school

  282. Shaun Davis says:

    wow, a book that encourages pedophilia. And”invited” the reader to experience the perverts point of view. .., SICK!!!!!!

    The person who write the book is a freakin NUT JOB. Whomever finds that book worthy to be read needs to be scorned ridiculed and put to shame.

    I’m a believer. ..a Christian And its obvious the lawless one. .. the man of sin. … the sin of perdition. .. the Anti-Christ’s arrival is close at hand. Everything that pollutes mankind’s is just dandy I’m his heart mind and sight. …. he will be glad to see such filthiness. Until that time it’s the mission of every GODLY man and woman. .. and even that of unbelievers who still have their conscience to fight against these kinds of open attempts to derail the morals of our youth!

    To hell with “the bluest eyes” and all other pervert protected books.

    Keep fighting the good fight!

    Thank you for this article! God bless!

  283. Missy says:

    There are a lot of children who our abused and in public school system. Why should they have to go through the class as a victim and read a book that defends the perpetrator and discuss it. How horrible. They should not have to deal with this emotionally. This puts them in a hard position. I’m 32 and I found the text above disturbing and there is no way I would want to read this book!

  284. Andrew Willis says:

    Thanks for igniting the conversation. Here is a different point of view. We’d welcome your thoughts. http://stopabusecampaign.com/feature/the-bluest-eye

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  286. Breezeyguy says:

    What a sick bunch of freaks!!!! And the parents are such a sleepy-headed bunch of giggling abandonophiles!! Home school now!

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