I made the mistake of sharing this story on my Facebook timeline.
I say it was a mistake because people continued to share it without including my warning. Let me be clear. This book is awful, and if I were a parent in this district I’d be furious.
This article, or really the headline because the article doesn’t even mention Common Core, is an example of how we can easily discredit ourselves.
Common Core State Standards are math and English language arts standards with literacy standards in social studies and science. There are no health standards. There are no sex ed standards. This book, to my knowledge, doesn’t even claim to be Common Core aligned. Even if they did claim that how could they when there are no standards related to this topic? Even saying this book exists because of a focus on informational text would be an incredible stretch.
There is plenty wrong with Common Core. Stories like this are not necessary. It seems like “Common Core” was added to the title to add social media value. Considering it has over 12,000 likes on Facebook apparently it worked. Which begs the question: how often do people actually read stories they like?
This story really is a school district decision, and I’ll say it again, should be called out. It’s a story worth telling, but it is not Common Core. Not everything bad we see in education is due to Common Core.
It’s ok to be angry, but be factual, otherwise you look foolish and discredit our movement. Stop it!