The Alabama 2010 Course of Study English Language Arts tells teachers to “utilize the text exemplars” from the Common Core website which recommends a novel that is sexually explicit and praises Castro. It is Julia Alvarez’s In the Time of Butterflies. Is this what Alabama parents want for their 9th and 10th graders?! See Professor Mary Grabar’s article about the novel here. http://watchdogwire.com/florida/2013/05/07/common-core-exemplars-graphic-sex-and-praising-castro/
The excerpt from the Alabama Common Core Course of Study that links to the Common Core State Standards website is here and following http://www.alsde.edu/general/ALCCS_Alabama_English_Language_Arts_Course_of_Study.pdf
Text Exemplars and Sample Performance Tasks
Appendix B of the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects contains multiple titles, text samples, and sample performance tasks for Grades K-1, 2-3, 4-5, 6-8, 9-10, and 11-College and Career Readiness (CCR) standards that illustrate appropriate text complexity and quality for both fictional and informational text. The list and excerpts should prove extremely useful in assisting local school systems and schools in developing local reading lists. Although these samples represent the breadth of texts that students should encounter in the text types required by the standards, Common Core State Standards (CCSS) authors make an emphatic statement that they do not represent a complete or even partial reading list.
Due to the fact that copyright laws and permissions granted to the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and National Governors Association (NGA) do not extend to states and other users of the CCSS, Alabama is unable to reproduce the excerpts within this document. However, school systems are encouraged to utilize the text exemplars and sample performance tasks. The entire text of Appendix B may be accessed for local use at http://www.corestandards.org/assets/Appendix_B.pdf . (See page 10)
Who knows what other outrageous material Alabama teachers will be expected to foist upon Alabama students through common core aligned curriculum and assessments?! This is what happens when we allow national interests to set expectations for Alabama classrooms instead of retaining state and local control!