"A similar thing is going on in my daughters school. A 7th grade math problem that talked about murder and the weapon that may have been used; knife, gun, bomb etc."
"Amen!! Our 6th grade son came home with an assignment from his fitness class 2 weeks ago that basically had the students put themselves in the nightmare scenario: Imagine your parents are divorcing and one is moving away. How would you deal with that? How would it make you feel? What are some pro’s and con’s? This is Comman Core!! Funny, we thought “Fitness” would mean exercise and some basic fitness instruction. Welcome to 1984, er 2013!"
"There is a train of thought, that is being pushed in higher education to educators & academic types, that standardized tests & classroom material are biased against racial minority groups….particuarly the black community.
The idea is that black kids are underperforming in our education system because the material presented, and being tested on, is not relatable to them….meaning, a black inner city kid is more likely to get a math word problem about milking cows wrong than white country kid because not understanding the whole business of milking cows gets in the way of the actual math problem.
SO……there is an effort to include things applicable to the black community, which (unfortunately) is about a thug gangsta rapper that sings about illegal activity & objectifying women.
The ironic (and unfortunate) bit about this is that in effort to include the black pop culture in education, you end up alienating an entire group of other people (those not familiar with Twista, or Pimps)."