CC : adult themes in kids' homework?

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  1. Lindina

    Lindina Active Member

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    :eek: My kids wouldn't understand the military one either.
     
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    Notice how in the broken window case, that the kid has run away because his mother uses "hyperbolic death threats".

    What a bunch of .........well I cannot think of any thing nice to say.
     
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    I'm not sure that I understand. How is this attributable to common core? It appears as though the teacher went online and found a worksheet that she didn't even read thoroughly. The website also states that the worksheets are designed for 6-12 graders, but it appears as though they were used in elementary school.
     
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    Not one but two different teachers in completely different states. Attributable to CC in that if CC says "teach inference" and you don't have a workbook or TM to get worksheets from, and you go online looking for some, and you find something that says it's "CC-aligned" or written specifically for CC (which a lot of stuff is these days), you grab it and use it without reading...
     
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    The fault there would be attributable to the teachers and not common core. If common core says to teach inferences and you need to find a resource, then find an appropriate one. There is nothing wrong with teaching inferences, but the worksheets on that site were not appropriate and the teacher should have known that. I also didn't see anything on that site about common core or written for common core. Even if it did align with common core standards by teaching certain concepts, the teacher should know what she is giving to her students.

    I don't understand the correlation. There are some pretty bad worksheets that can be found online and they were around long before any common core.
     
  8. Lindina

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    After further searching the site the pages came from, I found that this guy who wrote them has received quite a bit of flak about that one, along with kudos about lots of others he wrote. A quote from the Comments:


    Melissa
    / April 19, 2013

    To Whom It May Concern,

    I had a parent waiting for me in the pouring rain this morning to complain about the passage inferencing a husband having an affair. I was appalled to read it and discussed with my teachers not using this website again. Though my teacher should have read the passages more carefully it disappoints me that she would even need to worry that a passage from a reputable site be inappropriate. I hope you will remove this passage immediately so no other families have to deal with explaining something like this to their young children.

    Sincerely,

    MAZ
    Principal, Adairsville Elementary School

    Mr. Morton
    / May 1, 2013

    All materials on this site are not appropriate for all grade levels. The passage in question is clearly labeled with a warning in embolden text as to the controversial nature of the short text. There is also an alternate text posted beneath it that is more family friendly. I have considered removing this passage many times in response to pressure that I have received from those who distributed the worksheet to classrooms full of young children without reading it first. Though it would be an easy way to relieve the pressure from me, censoring my content goes against my personal ideals. Perhaps in time I will cave in to the pressure and revise the text to make it more family friendly, but I am too busy today. I do not even have time to respond to you as thoughtfully as I would like. Anyway, I’m sorry if the content that I posted to my website brought trouble to your doorstep. It has always been my intentions to help and not harm. I wish you the greatest possible success.


    I looked all over the site and could find nothing that looked like any kind of a warning about content, BUT it appears he has caved and revised this sheet with more family-friendly content. He still included the one about "Tommy, I'm going to kill you!" in the mother's thoughts, though. I did find:

    CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.1 - Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.

    So yes, this sheet did have to do with CC, just more indirectly. But if quite a few teachers across the country are sending these sheets home for homework for 3rd - 6th graders, what other trash is also going to go home in the name of "meeting CCSS objectives"?
     
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    I see that the link now goes to the REVISED worksheet....
     
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    I think this is C-Scope related. Not common core.. Either way, it's not appropriate for a child of this age.. I would be raising holy heck.. This teacher should have paid closer attention to what the assignment was. C-scope is notorious for this type of thing..
     
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    What this tells me is that some teachers are lazy. Honestly, it's a real stretch to pin the blame on CC.
     
  12. Lindina

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    If CC dictates that the teachers can't use their old files anymore but must use new materials that are aligned, then yeah, at least part of the blame can be assigned to CC. If the author put this up in the name of "CC aligned" then yeah, at least part of the blame can be assigned to CC.

    If my own state's DOE uses Lolita as an example to teachers of how to teach literature discussion in high school, then yeah, at least part of the blame can be assigned to CC.

    Don't forget that CC doesn't just include Math and LA "standards", but Sexuality "standards" as well.
     
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    ""I had to ask my mom 'cause I didn't really want to go too deep into what they were asking me," said Kyera."

    Good on you, Kyera!
     
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    Shame on those lazy teachers. Its downright disgraceful.
     

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