A “Student Services” page on a Common Core website in New York directs children to take quizzes that reveal if they are “sluts” or “losers.”
The extremely explicit questionnaires were discovered by Anna Shah, the mother of a kindergarten-aged child, when she was looking around on Engage NY, the Empire State’s Common Core resource site, a blog published by the Washington Post reported.
The link discovered by Shah was supposed to help students prepare for tests administered as part of the Common Core curriculum. The information she found, however, included quizzes aimed at revealing whether the student is a “sexy bitch,” “evil,” a “freak,” etc. According to the site, answers to other questions would determine if the respondent was a “slut,” “a true Mexican,” or “gay.”
According to the story in the Post, Shah “immediately reported” the disturbing discovery to the New York State Department of Education and the site was deactivated. An investigation uncovered that the “link had been up since October 2012.”
State education officials likely rushed through their approval process, neglecting the due diligence that would have exposed the vulgarity lurking in links listed on the online Common Core materials they provided students as young as five years old.
Such disregard is probably the effect of the zeal of New York Education leadership to “jump into the deep end” of Common Core. New York State Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch told the New York Times in April 2013, “We can’t wait” to adopt the Common Core standards. Carol Burris, writing for the Washington Post, pointed out, “'We' was a curious choice of pronoun. After all, kids and teachers, not Ms. Tisch, were being forced to sink or swim.'”
Unfortunately, Shah’s experience reveals that the impressionable children of New York could be innocently clicking around on an ostensibly “helpful” test prep site and end up swimming in a sea of sexually explicit filth, made available to them by the men and women they are taught to trust.
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