October 26, 2021

Common Core Linked Vocabulary Site Teaches 6th Graders Sexually Inappropriate Material

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Corkscrew Middle School sixth grade students in Collier County were given a highly inappropriate and sexually charged having to do with sperm donation and sexy magazines from the website Vocabulary.com.  Here is the report from ABC Action 7 News in the Naples/Fort Meyers area:

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In trying to dodge criticism, the website says that it has over 110,000 questions and has only received four or five complaints in the last several years.  The Collier School District has at least temporarily suspended its contract with the company.

The website’s blog has 348 articles related to Common Core and appears highly tied in and supportive of the standards.  One article even mentioned how Florida “has artfully decided to dodge the political maelstrom associated with the Common Core by essentially giving the standards another title.”  Sexually charged material in Common Core aligned English (ELA) curriculum is not new news.  There are several books on the official Common Core exemplar reading list for junior high and high school that have extremely sexually graphic material like The Bluest Eye that covers rape, incest, and pedophilia; Dreaming in Cuban that contains a sex scene between unmarried teens; and In the Time of The Butterflies that also contains graphic sexual material. Florida’s State Board of Education rejected the official list of the exemplars but gave districts the choice to choose any of them.

This is yet another reason to reject the Common Core/Florida Standards and their aligned tests and data mining systems.