Common Core: 3rd Grade Assignments in Adultery and Abandonment

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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?


h/t Independent Sentinel.

  • Prof_Paul

    The link you included *CLEARLY* states that these worksheets are to be used for grades 6-12. Where is the evidence that they were used by 3rd graders?

  • CarolinaSistah

    You think either story is appropriate for 6-12 year olds? What skills are these stories suppose to build?

  • crimsonjane

    The first story sounds like Hansel and Gretel rewritten. The second story I agree is not a suitable lesson for elementary age children. What teacher wants to explain that.

  • cort

    Grades 6 to 12, not 6 and 12 year olds.

  • LServies

    I am not sure what link you are talking about “Prof_Paul.” The three links I found didn’t say anything about 6-12 graders. I can guarantee you these papers were not used for high-schoolers. That is ridiculous. The link at the bottom that takes you to “Independent Sentinel” clearly states that these papers were handed out to 3rd graders in a NY school system.

  • LightBulb24

    It appears they are indoctrinating and prepare our children for when the workers of the Illuminati take them from their homes before exterminating their parents. They will be raised as the Chinese raise their youth.
    I’m sure you’re famaliar with the plan is to reduce the world population to between 500,000 million and 1 billion, are you not?

  • Prof_Paul

    The Independent Sentinel is far from an objective and/or reputable news source. Nowhere in that article does Mrs. Hanson have any evidence that the material came from a 3rd grade class. No teacher saying it was 3rd grade, not school officials, no independent references whatsoever. These are pretty serious accusations without any proof.

    She and her supporters spend quite a bit of time reminding everyone that the material is “consistant with the Common Core Standards, but the stories are pressing for inference. Inference isn’t even introduced in the Core standards until 6th grade.

    The link with the stories in question come from On that site, Dr. Morton clearly states: “Though I’ve been using these activities with my 7th and 8th grade students, I believe that the assignments on this website should be used for students grade 6-12, but with a few modifications, these activities can be adapted for any grade level.” He never intended for these stories to be used in 3rd grade, and neither did the Common Core Standards.

  • Hannah

    That is exactly what I was thinking! Hansel and Gretel with a much less graphic ending. The second story is certainly unacceptable

  • Galwayhkr

    These works, I feel, are inappropriate for both elementary grades and upper grades. For elementary levels, the subject matter is far too mature for those ages to understand and process. For upper grades, the questions are far too easy to answer. I would hope there were higher expectations for grades 6-12.

  • Prof_Paul

    I agree. The problem is, without common standards, this is actually pretty advanced in some schools for even mid-level high school. Common Core is supposed to provide a baseline standard which can be ramped up as schools catch up. At any rate, the appropriateness of the material is not a Common Core issue — this stuff is written by outside consultants who could have provided MUCH better material to get the point across. They may be “core aligned”, but so would passages from “Charlotte’s Web” for the 3rd graders or (insert your favorite author’s best work) for the upper graders.

  • Victoria L. Baxter-Caballero

    I am against CCSS… However, isn’t the first story shared here just Hansel and Gretel, w/o the witch and the house made of candy? I’ve told my children Hansel and Gretel, and the moral was for them to work together to overcome obstacles. This story just seems odd.
    Now, I wouldn’t want my child being taught about cheating spouses in school.

  • AR BAT

    I am a 10th grade English teacher who was dismayed to find the formerly banned book OF MICE AND MEN on a ccss reading list for third grade. The lexicon may be appropriate but the subject matter and vulgar dialect is definitely not. Don’t get me wrong. I love this book but even my sophomores have trouble with the “best laid plans go aft astray” theme, and the racial, sexual, age,, and both physical and mental disabilities prejudices shown. This is what happens when non-educators dictate what is to be studied and when.

  • Japes Palles

    The reading skill is inferring, using clues from the text to understand implied meaning. Also, Prof_Paul stated the worksheets are used for GRADES 6-12, not AGES 6-12. Based on the word choices in the adultery selection, it is definitely not written for 3rd graders. Also, all lessons in school are designed to help students meet the Common Core Standards. The Standards DO NOT create lessons. Teachers and publishers do that. Don’t blame bad assignments on the CCSS.

  • Japes Palles

    AR BAT, I would love to see that book list. As a third grade teacher (last year), I never saw a CCSS reading list for 3rd grade and ALL my instruction was guided by the CCSS. If you look at reading lists, they are determined based on Lexile or Fountas & Pinnell reading levels. OF MICE AND MEN is Lexile level 630. This would mean that it would be in the Lexile level for 3rd graders (420L-820L), however CCSS does not state OF MICE AND MEN should be taught during 3rd grade because THEY DON’T HAVE A RECOMMENDED BOOK LIST FOR K-5. If I have missed one, please let me know.

  • CarolinaSistah

    They couldn’t find other topics to build these skills? Adultery? Bull!