Common Core: 3rd Grade Assignments in Adultery and Abandonment
It seems each day a new round of the horrors of common core become apparent. Two new third grade readings that are being used have recently been highlighted by activists who oppose the common core. The first one glorifies abandonment, and the second raises the issue of adultery. These readings are really not appropriate for the third grade, particularly the second reading. Both are being used in Long Island Schools according to Rosalie Hanson.
In the first story is about a brother and sister named Peter and Patty. Their mother dies and their father remarries. The new wife does not like the children. She talks the father into abandoning the children in the woods. They children magically stumble upon a lady who lives in a house made of fresh fruit and vegetables. She takes them in and raises them and they live happily ever after.
Beyond the more disturbing issue of abandonment, how does the old woman have a house made of fresh fruit? Was it only recently built? Does she build a new house every day? How exactly does it stay fresh?
The more disturbing issue is that it is teaching children that if they lose a parent, the other parent will abandon them. That is not a good message at all. The story is common core aligned and comes from “e-reading.” and is being used in classes in New York State.
The second reading is far more disturbing. It features a woman who found a hair clip under her bed that wasn’t her daughters or hers. The clear connotation is that this is evidence that her husband has been unfaithful. This is something that most third graders would not necessarily grasp. The story is entirely inappropriate for most eight year olds. The story is published by ELA Common Core Jeopardy Labs and is also being used in Long Island Schools.
This literature is really not appropriate for eight year olds. What happened to good literature?