A Monstrous Story for a Monstrous Curriculum: The Ugly Heart of Common Core

Custer County District High School, Miles CityI am a high school English teacher. I became a teacher because I believe that literacy, which goes beyond just reading the words on the page, is an absolute necessity for maintaining our Republic. Proof of that is found in the many laws against reading certain texts, or against reading altogether, that have been passed down by every tyrant since literacy became available to the general population. A few examples of such tyrannical laws are the Taliban banning reading for any female or laws against teaching slaves to read or the Soviet Union’s banning of such books as A Wrinkle in Time, Where’s Waldo, and To Kill a Mockingbird. The communist Khmer Rogue in Cambodia so hated literacy that just wearing glasses was cause for execution. Literacy leads to freedom and tyrants know it.

I have been teaching for over twenty years. Generally, I have been given either no curriculum or curriculum that was focused on skills, not specific texts. I would have to get those skills taught in whatever way I wanted to get there. Sometimes I was given more direction and that direction was generally pretty good including texts, key terms, supplemental stories, and suggested writing assignments. These directions were created at a school level by the teachers in the school. I helped write some myself. Mostly, I have had a lot of freedom in how I could achieve the learning goals.

Not anymore.

Today I was in a professional development session for my school district. Our school system has swallowed the Common Core curriculum whole. Why wouldn’t they? The federal system has said that it is “voluntary”, but “voluntary” means that the district gets cut off from major federal funding if it does not adopt the standards, so “voluntary” is subjective. Here is what the Washington Post reported Sen. Charles Grassley has to say about Common Core:

Current federal law makes clear that the U.S. Department of Education may not be involved in setting specific content standards or determining the content of state assessments. Nevertheless, the selection criteria designed by the U.S. Department of Education for the Race to the Top Program provided that for a state to have any chance to compete for funding, it must commit to adopting a “common set of K-12 standards” matching the description of the Common Core.

The Washington Post also reported, “The Republican National Committee recognizes the CCSS for what it is — an inappropriate overreach to standardize and control the education of our children…”

For those of you who may be unfamiliar with Common Core, it is a curriculum created in the private sector but pushed onto states by the federal government and endorsed by Bill Gates. The cost of implementing the program runs from millions to billions depending on the state. It is untested and unresearched. It has been criticized for being not as rigorous as proponents claim, clearly biased to a liberal perspective, so much so that many see it as indoctrination, and it is being forced on the states in spite of the fact that a federal curriculum is unconstitutional violating the 10th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution which established the principle that“…the “power” to oversee education belongs to the states. This longstanding principle of local control of education is reiterated throughout our laws and government codes.”

All of that sounds like something that makes NO connection whatsoever to most parents or teachers or American citizens as to why they should fight this curriculum. Here, I am going to provide you with a concrete example that shows the ugly heart of the Common Core. There is something deeply dark and offensive in this lesson created to support Common Core. It is a lesson designed to corrupt essential human decency.

The unit – sorry “module” – that I am using as an example is centered around To Kill a Mockingbird with the theme of “How individuals demonstrate individuality in the face of outside pressures.” At the beginning of all of this, it looks good. I love the book; it is a great American classic and I have taught it many times. The module includes 30 days of lessons associated with the novel and multiple additional short reading assignments. However, as I looked this module over, I became more and more concerned. For me to break down the many problems with this module in detail would take quite a while, so I am going to show you an example of one lesson on one short reading assignment that left me speechless with horror.

This assignment in the module includes a short story by Guy de Maupassant, 19th century writer famous forThe Necklace. Again, this seems rather innocent; this story is often included in high school texts, but not thisparticular story and, more importantly, not with this particular writing assignment.

The short story is The Mother of Monsters (link below). A quick summary of the story is that a gentleman on vacation is introduced to the Mother of Monsters, a local oddity described as a “peasant” and the “Devil”. Her story is that she finds herself pregnant while she is working as a simple serving girl. She binds her body with boards and cords to hide her growing belly. Her child is born horribly deformed. She takes care of the child, but resents it, until a sideshow man comes along and offers to buy the “thing” and to pay a yearly stipend for its use. Once she realizes how much money she can make, she repeats her pregnancy pattern by birthingmonster after monster after monster of intentionally deformed children to sell to showmen. She lives a “bourgeois” life as a result (note the stab at the bourgeois here).

The narrator is reminded of this “Devil” when he later sees a popular “Parissiane” strolling on a beach followed by admirers. Her three children are also all deformed because she wants to maintain her trim figure throughout her pregnancies, so she keeps her corset tightly cinched. Peasant and lady; different, yet the same. Both the Mother of Monsters. Both display a level of selfish evil that most humans would revile.

Now as a high school story, this story may have a lot of meat to chew on for discussion…for maybe 11th or 12thgraders, but this is a story assigned to incoming 9th graders, students who are 13 or 14 years old. Students this age are not ready to handle the truly disturbing elements of a story which reveals some of the most perverse sides of human nature. That is bad enough; however, it gets worse. You may wonder what this story has to do with To Kill a Mockingbird and the theme of individuality. Here is the writing assignment associated with this story:

Write an essay that compares the cultural experience reflected in To Kill a Mockingbird and The Mother of Monsters and explain how this experience helped a character demonstrate individuality in the face of outside pressure.  

Individuality! Outside Pressure!!!! These women chose to deform their children for their own selfish gains or selfish vanity! The first pregnancy of the peasant woman we might forgive out of mercy, but the purposeful birthing of the rest of the 11 children that she intentionally deformed is unconscionable and unforgivable. The same holds with the Parisienne.

To judge these women as demonstrating their INDIVIDUALITY in the face of outside pressure is absurd and defies human decency. It is like insisting Jeffery Dahmer was expressing his individuality through cannibalistic murder. Additionally, it is not a major leap to conclude that if deforming your children in order to express your own individuality is acceptable, then killing your children to protect your individuality (or selfish inhumanity) is perfectly fine too. This is obviously a pro-abortion message. This story paired with this assignment is a repulsive perversion of the concept of “lesson”; it is a corruption of anything descent and good.

There is something deeply repulsive in this lesson, especially as it is aimed at students as young as 13. I have been told that I must teach this module. I can make some adjustments, but not too many. I am struggling to find a way to NOT perpetuate the ugliness found here. I am certainly NOT going to teach this story, though I may find myself in trouble with the system as a result. Some things are worth refusing to do even if there is a cost.

This is what is going on in our schools. This is what you need to see with open eyes. They are doing more than trying to increase rigor; they are indoctrinating our children into one way of thinking—their way! Schools should teach how to think, but never what to think. This is why we must fight what some are trying to sell us as “hope and change” to America.


Link to the story “The Mother of Monsters”: http://www.classicreader.com/book/1238/1/

Dana R. Casey is a veteran High School English teacher of more than two decades in an East-coast urban system.  She is a life-long student of theology, philosophy, and politics, dedicated to the true Liberalism of the Enlightenment, as defined by our Founders and enshrined in our Declaration of Independence, Constitution and Bill of Rights.

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373 Responses to A Monstrous Story for a Monstrous Curriculum: The Ugly Heart of Common Core

  1. David says:

    For those of you that believe the common core state standards are standards only and do not dictate the curriculum too. Here is Bill Gates stating that the plans are for the standards, tests and curriculum to all line up.

  2. denisian says:

    “Open sesame” is that mystical phrase from “Ali Babba and the Forty Thieves”. It unlocks the cave-sanctuary where all of the treasure is secured. But, in light of Common Core, “open sesame” has unleashed a deluge of questionable educationalists who see this moment as an opportunity to pile up their extremist treasures under the guise of Common Core … and they seem to have been largely successful.

    Common Core, at the moment, is bad stuff. But it has the potential to become extremely bad stuff. For months, in post after post and article after article, the great debate has been about various lessons and approaches that have emerged. Are they or are they not Common Core sanctioned? I used to think that was a valid question. Not any more.

    The very sponsors of Common Core hardly seem to mind these curriculum excursions into their absurdity … such as rewriting American history to coalesce with the current pc mindset. They seem barely shivered by eye-popping, stomach-churning developments in sex education … for the littlest of students … who are now exposed to startling information and vividly detailed sexual escapades … all under the guise of healthy living. The Common Core oligarchs seems somewhat soothed by the politically charged alterations to historical documents and events … provided they tumble to the left of center. In short, Common Core’s whoop seems to be … “Open sesame” … everything and anything is up for “reform”.

    Anyone and everyone seems welcomed in the Common Core tent of the macabre. If you’re up for skewering America and its history, hop on board. If you’re inclined toward seedy sexual stuff … welcome home! If you’re in favor of disrupting and disturbing a particular activity like coal or petroleum production … or sanctifying every tree and bog and swamp … then there’s a slot for you in the Common Core mayhem. Itching for a fight about who should control nutrition for kids? You’re welcomed aboard. Cranky about about tenure or teacher sovereignty in the classroom? All aboard. It seems anyone with a beef gets a plate at the Common Core buffet of all-you-can-eat nonsense.

    Got beefs? Maybe against the military or the Tea Party? Scribble out a unit or a lesson package. You’re in. Got hang-up about climate change or homosexual marriages? Fire away. Got a bug up your nose about Christianity or religion in general,? Just punch out a screed about fanatics and zealots and it’ll find it’s way into Common Core.

    The point? Common Core has given educational cover for a slender minority to pollute the actual education environment with any issue whatsoever … and it seems to give those issues … no matter how hair-brained or offensive … a certain legitimacy. Common Core has become the new “open sesame” because, by its very nature, it suggests that what is, is not acceptable. America must be altered, changed, renovated, rejuvenated, redirected … and most especially … cured. But only if those cure pass a certain muster.

    Esteemed historical figures are pilloried at the politically-correct whipping post. Historical documents … which foundationed this nation for centuries … are now seen as attic junk … to be recycled according to the “New Nonsense” of the day.

    This is no time to hail this nation. Nope. It needs to be SHAMED. Made to appear as sinful as any other on the planet. It’s time to excoriate those blasphemers who think this is an exceptional nation based on a unique set of principles because, well, it makes us standout a bit too much from the rest of the miserable world. And we can’t have that. No, siree. We’re even cajoled to empathize with the new medievalists … currently on a head-collecting mission in the sands of the Middle East … who will one day rocket us into a modern armageddon of real life-or-death preservation. It now seems wiser to “understand” our enemies than to even question them … to search for the vomit-inducing “root cause” of their bloody neo-medievalism. Ever think we might be playing with a modern Ali Babba who isn’t so randy and dandy as the fictional one of yesteryear? I think not.

    In schools today, Christianity is viewed as a dangerous cult, personal responsibility has been replaced by an all-knowing, all-soothing government, and espousing contrarian points of view will get you tattooed as a racist, a xenophile, a homophobe, a sexist, a capitalist-pig, a neanderthal … or a dastardly conservative. Common Core has opened the flood-gates for every miscreant with a special beef to step forward and set the record unstraight … because that is part and parcel of the New Nonsense.

    Ali Babba had his forty thieves, but Common Core has its horde of whorey intellectuals who are determined to retool this nation into a supplicating, value-free, nonjudgmental mess. A nation like all of the others who feed off miserableness and are hellbent on cultivating it.

    It’s time we all clawed back the country that has prospered us all.

    Denis Ian

    • ducksam says:

      Reply to Dana Jackson: Keep in mind the differences between curriculum goals and curriculum content and curriculum tools. This story by Maupassant is simply a tool. Many other stories can illustrate the disparities between preconceived notions and the deeper reality beneath, especially in regard to social class structure–an important element of the theme of that story. But why pick another tool–though I’m sure any teacher can do so–when this story admirably suits that purpose? Is it the purpose itself that bothers you? To help readers see beneath surface appearances? Are we all addicted to platitudes and denial concerning the ugly aspects of society?

      Remember Holden Caulfield and the cynicism that develops in young people when they realize they are constantly being lied to. Literary writers like Maupassant are the “catchers in the rye” who help them find the truth for themselves through their own epiphanies.

  3. ducksam says:

    Reply to Frank Caprio: Are our children important enough to help them understand the differences between surface appearance and the reality beneath? Might give them some savvy in dealing with the con artists. See the links to my two articles below.

  4. ducksam says:

    Reply to Tim Wright: You agree that this lesson involving these two stories is “designed to corrupt essential human decency”? READ MAUPASSANT’S STORY and remember THE FIRST-PERSON NARRATOR IS THE CENTRAL CHARACTER. HIS PERCEPTIONS OF THE TWO EVIL WOMEN, AND THE FACTS THE DOCTOR REVEALS ABOUT THE ATTRACTIVE PARISIENNE, LEAD TO HIS EPIPHANY AT THE END. Hopefully, the reader has the same epiphany: “I tend to make the same mistake.” The theme here involves the disparity between surface appearances and a deeper reality, a subtlety apparently lost on many modern readers. The teacher’s role here is the opposite of corruption–to show us that we often jump to conclusions based only on surface details and preconceived notions, without looking for the deeper reality. Believe me, the irony of situation manifested in many of these replies is NOT lost on me. Shows me that we as a culture are not only losing our literary heritage but accelerating full speed into Orwell’s Doublespeak.

  5. As a 20-year English teacher I felt I had to point out this blatant inaccuracy about Maupassant’s story “A Mother of Monsters.” This nonsensical attack on the story is based on the most juvenile of misunderstandings. The character “demonstrating individuality” in the face of outside pressure is the narrator, a member of the bourgeoisie himself, not the two evil mothers. I wrote a lengthy reply, “Bourgeois Monstrosities,” for my hometown newspaper, The Democrat Argus of Caruthersville, MO, and it was printed in the Feb 5 issue of this year. Seems Ms. Dana R Casey has been propagating this idiocy all over the nation. Why I haven’t seen more English profs step in to refute her contentions about the associated writing assignment, I don’t know, but I’ve done my research on this story. I also haven’t seen the curriculum designers do any defending of their writing assignment, which in my judgement is actually a good one, not the Pollyanna platitudes I believe Ms Casey might want from her students.

    Check out my analysis (guided by research) of the story:

      • Dan says:

        Except that you’re wrong ducksam…

        • ducksam says:

          I suppose you’re an expert on Guy de Maupassant, like everything else. I’ve already been credited with setting the record straight on this story, so you’re really too late.

      • Dan says:

        As a 20 year English teacher…. you are a typical liberal know-it-all.

        The narrator in the story doesn’t demonstrate individuality at all, he is representing the reader. He has a perspective shift as he sees the two different women in the same light. We are meant to have the same experience. The characters that “demonstrate individuality” are the two women, as intended by the creaters of the Common Core module.

        • ducksam says:

          The first-person narrator, though unnamed, along with the doctor, who sets the record straight about the attractive Parisienne’s children, are the characters demonstrating individuality, because they go against the “bourgeois norm” in their perceptions–at the end. I do believe that Maupassant hoped the reader would have the same epiphany, but apparently you didn’t. Scout, similarly, the first-person narrator of To Kill a Mockingbird, demonstrates individuality in the face of small-town Southern bigotry.

          I don’t claim to “know it all”, but I do claim to know this. Read the articles on this website and you’ll find the hacks you’re looking for, rather than the experts.

        • ducksam says:

          No human being–like the two women in this story–is “typical” if you look deeply enough.

  6. Lynn Briggs says:

    I need to first say that I am truly sorry that your district thinks that those modules are appropriate and required. That kind of abuse of children and teens, however, is a local problem, not a national one. I, too, am a teacher with over 20 years experience with middle and high school English. In 2002 I earned National Board Certification. Use your professional judgement and assign reading that your students can handle, that stretches them a bit so they can grow, and do your job. Please do not rant and rave irresponsibly as thought you have some kind of inside knowledge of how the common core is implemented everywhere. Comments like yours that expose what seem to be rare examples of required reading are picked up and passed around by well meaning, but not usually well educated, conservative people all over the country. You know better. You would not accept such generalizations from your students. So again, consider that your audience is as wide as the world when you post a blog, and choose your words accordingly. I think that your local school board and the parents in your community need your help. Please direct your energies closer to home.

    • Dana R. Casey says:

      Lynn, story after story after story of Common Core aligned curriculum, even those coming out of major publishers expose the same problem, a problem which people keep making excuses for and sweeping under the rug. I am adding my voice to all of the others raising their voices of warning. An individual mosaic tile reveals nothing, but as each new tile is added, a picture forms. When a hundred, two hundred, or even more add their piece, you will see, but each of us must bring our tile.

      All it takes for evil to triumph is for good men to say nothing, as the saying goes. I want the whole wide world to see and others also to start showing the whole wide world their piece. If showing the world brings me personal criticism, so be it. By raising my voice, placing my tile on the world stage, perhaps others will feel empowered to speak up.

      Originally, I had no idea that this article was going to go anywhere beyond a small blog spot and I would certainly had written it somewhat differently (though I would not have changed its central thesis at all) if I had, but I am not sorry that it did hit the internet as widely as it did. God does work in mysterious ways.

  7. Anne Beal says:

    I’ll write you an essay about Mother of Monsters:
    It’s about a welfare queen. She has multiple children who have no idea who their fathers are. They grow up in a dysfunctional family and have a poor quality of life, but mom gets her welfare payments for having them. She doesn’t care that they don’t have fathers,that they lack discipline, get into trouble at school and end up in the juvenile justice system.

    There: now if you knew how to read that story correctly, you would know how to teach it, to 12 year old girls, before they start getting pregnant. Teach it to 12 year old boys so they will learn the importance of fathers. Then make them listen to the song “Father of Mine.” Talk about what the welfare system has done to poor families, and why it needs to end.

  8. Sarah says:

    Tamie you rock! I totally agree with you. Another thing to note that this story is fiction and not non-fiction — it’s like a fairytale.

  9. Jenny says:

    Common Core does not mandate lessons. This teacher has confused curriculum for standards. Common Core does not dictate curriculum. It simply is a guideline of mile stones for skills, such as identify the the theme of the novel, that students must have in order to be successful in the years to come. They do not specify how or what a teacher may teach. Teachers may use any novel, any story, and any strategies he or she wishes to meet the standards. While certain districts may stipulate the material and lessons, it does not come from Common Core. While there may be valid arguments against Common Core, restricting material and teacher strategies is not one of them. This man has grossly mislead readers.

    If anyone would like to look at the primary source for himself, please see the link below.


    • Anne Beal says:

      Exactly: too many people have standards confused with curriculum. The curriculum is selected and purchased by the school board. The school board is elected by the voters of the communities they serve. If you do not like the curriculum used in your school, start attending school board meetings. If you discover that your school board has been taken over by progressives who want to indoctrinate your children, expose them. Run for school board yourself. Local control is alive and well, all you have to do is take it.

    • Candy Crider says:

      In New York State the teachers are required to teach the scripted modules developed by someone in State Department of Education from exemplars provided by the Common Core Standards. This teacher has no choice in the matter except to not teach what he was told to and risk losing his job. Many of the exemplars noted in Common Core Standards are age inappropriate and in some cases inappropriate for any student in a public high school or elementary/middle school. And to say standards do not equal curriculum is to ignore the requirements of Common Core to use their testing to evaluate the students and teachers.

  10. This is all the fault of you parents. Like it or not. It’s because you haven’t paid attention forever… are too busy.. need a babysitter… too trusting… all while you’re paying the bill. Those who are awake pull their kids out and home school… instead of demanding the public education that you are paying for. You can easily win this if you organized nationally… KEEP YOUR KIDS HOME UNTIL THEY COMPLY WITH YOUR DEMANDS. But history shows you won’t…because you still have no idea that YOU are the ones in control… .

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  11. no one says:

    You’re an idiot Dana.

    • Dana R. Casey says:

      You don’t respond with debatable points, but simply with personal attack. Therefore, you have nothing to add to an intelligent discussion.

  12. Tamie says:

    I think this story and writing assignment is weird and inappropriate. I also, think that concluding that this is a pro-abortion message is just as weird and inappropriate.

    • Tamie says:

      I also want to note that the common core and lessons/modules are two different things. The core is a list of skills and knowledge, that we used to call standards, to be taught at each grade level. If you are required to teach the modules word for word with out any room for modifying writing prompts or the ability not to use a text such as The Mother of Monsters, then that was a decision made solely by the school district that you teach in.

      • Jake says:

        So I guess you think it’s o.k. to ask the kids what 3 X 4 is and if they get it wrong but give a good explanation as to why it isn’t 12, they should be given a passing grade? This whole mess is just another way to dumb down America.

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    • Brant says:

      Mr. Noriega, first of all Glen Beck will make you stupid. Second, the Common Core State Standards was passed under the ARRA (‘stimulus package’) which was approved by the House and Senate and then offered to states as an option. If it was accepted by a state it passed by that state’s legislature and then was signed by that state’s governor–that’s a whole lot of legislative oversight and states’ rights that CCSS had to go through. If you don’t like Common Core that’s fine, but don’t scare people with lies so you can self promote your book.

      • Dana R. Casey says:

        States were given lots of money if they agreed. Follow the money. Pearson Education is making millions upon millions. They are not alone. I am not a big fan of Beck, but that does not mean that everything she has to say should be dismissed.

  14. I would teach how this assignment turns ethics and morality upside down by perverting the essence of individualism by collectivism, e.g. distortion and manipulation of individual conscience with social collectivism.

    • Anne Beal says:

      exactly, I would point out that the Mother of Monsters, who kept having deformed babies to keep the money rolling in, is no different from today’s welfare queens who have baby after baby by different men, who abuse and abandon the children, but Mama doesn’t care as long as Uncle Sam keeps sending her checks. This story should be required reading for all 8th grade girls, by ninth grade they might already be pregnant. If the teacher can’t see the moral truth in this story and it’s application in modern society, she’s not paying attention!!!!

      • Dana R. Casey says:

        What you can’t see is that I would NEVER be able to teach ANYTHING you just suggested. I would be fired, branded as a bigot, a racist, a hater of suffering poor people, and on and on and on. YOU are the one not paying attention to the realities of teaching in a modern society.

        • Ellie K says:

          Mrs. Casey, I know that you are correct, specifically, that even suggesting that anything is superior to the collective would cause you to be “fired, branded as a bigot, a racist, a hater of suffering poor people, and on and on.” They brook no dissent. I am certain that it must be oppressive, day in and day out. They accuse others of intolerance while blind to their own.

          I noticed something peculiar. Is the website, Classic Reader, required or suggested by your school district, for use by you and your students? I ask for two reasons. First, the de Maupassant translation of the Monstrous Mother has some really bad errors! I couldn’t make sense of several sentences.

          Secondly, I was surprised by the selection of literary works on the website. I did not expect to find Karl Marx and his Communist Manifesto. I admit, your mention of bourgeoisie caught my attention. I thought, and still think that it might have been due to the poor translation from French. The presence of Marx, and several authors associated with V.I. Lenin, is less explicable.

  15. Lynn says:

    Seems like the only way to teach those stories would be to compare how the 2 women gave into societal pressures of greed and vanity, while some characters in To Kill A Mockingbird
    chose to stand against societal pressures of bigotry.

  16. Reminds me of “The Comprachicos” by Ayn Rand. A brilliant essay on how our children are being deformed by liberal education.

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