VERMILLION PARISH, La. – Under the new, “more rigorous” national Common Core standards, students are learning a lot of things they may not have learned before.
We’re just not sure that’s a good thing.
Fourth graders in Vermillion Parish, Louisiana, for instance, learned just last week what pimps and “mobstaz” are in their new Common Core-aligned classroom assignments.
Predictably, some parents were not impressed.
“I try to instill values in my son,” parent Brittney Badeaux told Fox News. “My goal is for him is ultimately to become a great man, a family man, a well-rounded man. And now my son wants to know what a pimp is.”
The class assignment consisted of a worksheet with different examples and takes on the word “twist.” There’s a paragraph on the dancing the twist, tornados … and the rapper “Twista.”
“In 1997, after appearing on Do or Die’s hit ‘Po Pimp,’ Twista was signed to Atlantic Records. Under that label he released ‘Adrenaline Rush’ and formed the group Speedknot Mobstaz in 1998,” the lesson explains.
“It was really inappropriate for my child,” Badeaux told Fox News. “He doesn’t know what a pimp or mobster is.”
“I try to teach him morals and respect and to speak correctly,” she added. “It’s hard for a fourth grader to understand Ebonics when you’re trying to teach him how to spell and write correctly.”
School officials told the news site the lesson was considered age appropriate according to the new national Common Core standards. It’s aligned to fourth grade English standards.
Vermillion Parish Superintendent Jerome Payau said the “Po-Pimp” worksheet is designed to encourage discussion of “real world texts.”
“The Common Core curriculum, like it or not – we have to make our students successful,” he said, according to Fox News.
We fail to see how knowledge of pimps and “mobstaz” contributes toward that goal.
The lesson, however, is only the latest example of Common Core-aligned material with questionable content. Last week, a parent in the Sierra Vista, Arizona school district raised concerns about an erotic novel assigned as a Common Core-aligned 10th grade literature book.
The parent was particularly upset with passages from page 80 of Dreaming in Cuban, by Christina Garcia:
“Hugo and Felicia stripped in their room, dissolving easily into one another, and made love against the whitewashed walls. Hugo bit Felicia’s breast and left purplish bands of bruises on her upper thighs. He knelt before her in the tub and massaged black Spanish soap between her legs. He entered her repeatedly from behind.
“Felicia learned what pleased him. She tied his arms above his head with their underclothing and slapping him sharply when he asked.
“‘You’re my bitch,’” Hugo said, groaning.
School officials eventually pulled the book, but we’re convinced there’s likely countless other examples of inappropriate Common Core-approved content in districts across the country. Currently 45 states have signed on to the national standards, though many are re-evaluating their participation.