Revisionist History, Smut in AL Common Core Text

Eagle Forum researchers have just learned that the highly objectionable Alabama Common Core aligned textbook which was the subject of critical testimony at a recent senate hearing is in use in 43 Alabama school systems.  Check here to see if your students are being subjected to the Prentice Hall/Pearson Literature book entitled The American Experience: 1900 to present; Alabama Common Core Edition. Becky Gerritson summarized objections to the book in her 5 minute testimony on March 11.  Watch the video to see that she was stopped after reading only one sentence of the graphic, sexually explicit language.  See actual pages from the book here.Especially if the The American Experience is in your child’s school, you may want to read Dr. Terrence Moore’s chapter-long review in his book, The Story-Killers: A Common Sense Case Against the Common Core.  On the textbook’s anti-American message regarding World War II, Dr. Moore writes, “There is no reading in the chapter ostensibly devoted to World War II that tells why America entered the war. There is no document on Pearl Harbor or the Rape of Nanking or the atrocities committed against the Jews or the bombing of Britain. The book contains no speech of Winston Churchill or F.D.R. even though the reading of high-caliber ‘informational texts’ is the new priority set by the Common Core, and great rhetoric has always been the province of an English class. There is not a single account of a battle or of American losses or of the liberation of Europe. … Do we want the memory of our grandparents to be left in the hands of progressive ideologues … Do we want the children just now entering school and in the years to come—who may have never met their great-grandparents—to be made ashamed of that Greatest Generation, of America, and of our resolution to remain free?”http://townhall.com/columnists/terrencemoore/2013/12/02/a-textbook-that-should-live-in-infamy-the-common-core-assaults-world-war-ii-n1756036/print

Freedom is not free: it has to be earned by each succeeding generation. It can be lost in one. Revisionist history such as contained in this common core literature book will not motivate future generations to sustain the freedom for which their forefathers selflessly fought and died!

Becky Gerritson’s Testimony on SB443 
AL Senate Education Committee 3.11.14 

Hello, thank you for holding this hearing. My name is Becky Gerritson. I live in Elmore County and the president of the Wetumpka TEA Party. I have a bachelor’s degree in Elementary education and I was a home educator for 17 years.

I would like to speak today in favor of SB443. This bill lays the foundation for schools to opt out of Common Core if they so choose. This is important because as the nationwide groundswell of opposition gains momentum parents may very well demand schools opt out.

Today, I would like to draw your attention to this textbook. It’s called The American Experience: 1900-Present by Prentice Hall. It says right on it “Alabama Common Core Edition”. It is the most widely used 11th grade literature book in our state and it was approved by our State School Board.

Terrence Moore, a professor from Hillsdale College, dedicated an entire chapter in his book called The Story Killers to this very textbook.

It’s easy to see the political bias in this book as well as the mediocre teaching of literature. Due to my time constraint I can only list a few examples found in this book.

  • Students are led to believe that our founding fathers were promoters of slavery. They are not told the truth that slavery had been around for thousands of years and up until the 1700’s our founders and the Quakers were the only distinct voices advocating the abolishment of slavery.
  • Students are led to believe that Benjamin Franklin thought the Constitution was a bad idea. It’s important to note that the US Constitution is nowhere to be found in this book.
  • America is portrayed as barbaric murderers when they dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. Students not taught about the thousands of pamphlets that were dropped on the city urging people to flee-or that the action was done to save millions of lives, nor are Students told even how the war started.
  • In this book, students will read Jonathan Edwards’s famous sermon “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.” Yet they have deleted 21 out of the 22 Biblical references.
  • Even though this is a literature book, students are diverted away from literature and asked to do research activities on how scientists are addressing deep-space travel for humans.

Let me turn the corner and talk about something else. Many opponents of Common Core have serious concerns about the recommended reading list which contains politically biased and obscene books. It is known as “Appendix B” or “Common Core’s Text Exemplars”. AL State Superintendent, Dr. Bice tried to calm our fears about this reading list saying that we had nothing to worry about because he removed it from our course of study. However, removing the list did nothing because these books and their authors are featured and promoted in this very text book.

On page 1095 the featured author is Toni Morrison, she wrote a book called The Bluest Eye.
It’s a story of an 8 year old black girl. This book is about rape, incest and pedophilia. One of the characters is a priest who likes having sex with little girls and the scenes are graphically described.

The depictions are from the perpetrator’s point of view. The author wanted the reader to feel as though they were a “co-conspirator” with the rapist. She describes the pedophilia, rape and incest “friendly,” “innocent,” and “tender”, but never as wrong.

You might think I am over exaggerating when I say that this book and others like it are vile and inappropriate. Let me read you an edited excerpt; only 6 sentences, from The Bluest Eye. This is recommended for 16 and 17 year olds.

Pages 162-163: (Again these crimes are perpetrated against children.)
“A bolt of desire ran down his genitals…and softening the lips of his a***. . . . He wanted to f*** her—tenderly. But the tenderness would not hold. The tightness of her v***** 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 v*****. She appeared to have fainted.”

Is this appropriate for minors? This is only 1 of MANY scenes in the book-I didn’t even pick the worst one!
This work and others like it, for example In the Time of Butterflies, are so important to Common Core that not only are they on list of exemplars, but the authors and titles are featured and promoted on full pages in this book.

We are here today because we want EXCELLENT standards and an EXCEPTIONAL curriculum filled with rich literature, not smut, not politically biased revisionist history, and not boring government documents!

The ten of you [only three attended the hearing] sitting here today have the power to do something about this. I urge you to pass SB443 and protect our children-they deserve better!

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