Honestly, these things come across my radar on a near-daily basis as schools and districts go the Common Core way. This from Breitbart(emphasis mine):
Breitbart Texas also covered this type of assignment in the article Orwellian Newspeak Coming to Common Core Classrooms Everywhere. It's a reading and response writing genre popping up in classrooms labeled contemporary realistic fiction. It is a Common Core style of reading and writing prompt. In Common Core circles it is also known as life problems fiction.
This identical, inappropriate assignment made the rounds many months
ago on Stop Common Core affiliated websites and Facebook pages. It
should raise eyebrows that a Common Core assignment that may not be at
all aligned to the Texas Essential Knowledge & Skills (TEKS) content
standards was used in a Texas classroom.
And I note that a story
from NY from the AP about parents upset over brand names - Barbie,
iPod, Mug Root Beer, Nike and Life Savers - showing up in tests for
students grades 3-8. A very well-known brand consulting firm - Landor Associates - says that "brands are a part of our lives. To say they don't belong in academia is unrealistic." Seriously?
So what was this assignment that was passed out to 4th graders in El Paso, Texas? Because I'm all for realism but this is a bit much.
- Ruby, a wife, finding a hairclip in her bed that was not hers and had strands of hair not her own.
The students were supposed to explain why Ruby might be upset.
- Valerie, a military mom, who gets a sad letter from the "military department.." The students are supposed to figure out he's a soldier who just died.
With the rush to Common Core standards, it will not be easy for teachers or schools to create their own curriculum and may use other work created for CC.
This has been called "an isolated case."
Not if it keeps happening.