Archive for September, 2013

Someone’s Missing From The Common Core Discussion: PARENTS

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

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Alabama’s Plan 2020 fundamentally transforms classrooms. But someone is missing: PARENTS! Parents had no voice in the radical restructuring of Alabama’s education and what children will learn in school. A parent was recently told by a school board member that parents have no rights over their children in public schools. Will we accept this? Instead of staying the course, parents and taxpayers should demand a public debate, not a forced mandate.

Despite Mary Scott Hunter’s picture-perfect image of Plan 2020, it has a dark side. Upfront, Plan 2020 looks like any other untested school initiative. It repeats the same promises of past failed reforms. But a closer look shows something quite disturbing. It reminds me of the movie “Blue Velvet,” which opens with a street view of a beautiful, immaculate house, a picket fence, a cheerful environment and a lush green lawn. Then the camera zooms in for a closer look and the scene of scraggly, crawly, formerly invisible creatures worse than maggots wiggling in the infested grass.

Alabama parents, teachers, legislators and taxpayers should have a “voice” and a “vote” in these radical programs before they are implemented.

The “infestation” of Plan 2020 is Common Core standards, which remove parental and state control over education; race-based standards; the ability of schools to use pornographic books approved by Common Core, which go against moral values, without parents’ knowledge; textbooks that are, in a teacher’s words, “clearly biased to a liberal perspective, so much so that many see it as indoctrination;” monumental costs; and spying on kids through the collection of personal, non-academic data, and the sharing of this data with the federal government and private parties who want to profiteer off our children.

We should not “stay the course” with this revolutionary experiment on our children, as Hunter suggests. Alabama parents, teachers, legislators and taxpayers should have a “voice” and a “vote” in these radical programs before they are implemented. They will be fully implemented in 2014.

Since Hunter and other members of the state Board of Education (except Gov. Bentley, Stephanie Bell and Betty Peters) have forced Plan 2020 on schools, Alabama parents and taxpayers should ask the Legislature to stop Common Core, which would derail Plan 2020.  This would invoke public debate and give voters a voice. Let’s put parents back in the classroom where they belong.

Elois Zeanah
President, Alabama Federation of Republican Women

Controversial Book “Bluest Eye” on Common Core Recommended List

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

By Elois Zeanah
September 4, 2013

I want to share with you this press release, but I also want to share a statement from a friend about this book.  She writes:

“I have read ‘The Bluest Eye’ and have very strong opinions on it.  I read it as an adult and was totally disgusted by it.  Not b/c of the sexual language.  Not because of the rape or incest; because of the message that it seeks to impart.  Not only does it entail information on rape and incest, it glorifies and condones it.  In fact, the main character’s self-actualization only comes after she “accepts” the fact that her father’s only way of showing love was through her rape.  It’s sick.  Rape and incest are never beautiful and should never be described that way; especially not to children in public school.”

This is just the most recent example of what’s in store with Common Core.

  “The Bluest Eye” Novel About Rape and Incest Is The Latest Controversy Over Common Core

September 4, 2013

Tuscaloosa, AL:  “Is it appropriate for Alabama high school students to read openly and discuss in class a pornographic book about rape and incest, written from the viewpoint of the rapist to teach literary concepts?”  This is a question asked by parents and members of the Alabama Federation of Republican Women (AFRW).

The Bluest Eye” is a book on the recommended reading list for high school students by Common Core, the new unfunded mandate for Alabama schools.  The novel is about a rape of an eight-year-old girl by her father and is told from the view of the sexual offender.  The book recounts actual sexual acts as described by the pedophile.

AFRW President Elois Zeanah stated, “This newest controversy is only the latest example of how Common Core takes decisions from Alabama parents and puts it in the hands of entities outside of Alabama.  Books on the approved Common Core list end-run the public process.  Parents, school officials, and legislators have no say in what goes on that list, which becomes part of the Alabama curriculum.”

State Superintendent Tommy Bice’s staff stated that Alabama has no required reading list, as did State Board Member Mary Scott Hunter.  Zeanah pointed out how Hunter and others were parsing:  “While the Alabama course of study does not list recommended books, the course of study does link to the national list recommended by Common Core.  Further, the State Department of Education’s own website contains a statement that highly encourages schools to teach the selections listed by Common Core.”

Senator Bill Holzclaw, who helped defeat repeal of Common Core in the 2013 legislative session and accused critics of Common Core of seeing “bogeymen”, asked Bice to ban “The Bluest Eye” from the Alabama curriculum, after receiving heavy criticism of the book from constituents.  Bice refused.

Lisa Harris, AFRW’s Education Chair and former teacher, stated, “I oppose banning books in the public setting.  But within the school setting, I think we need to set boundaries, especially in what is openly taught in classrooms.  Let’s turn the scenario around.  If a student brought a paperback into the classroom containing the same sexual descriptions of a father raping his eight-year-old daughter as in the novel, what would be his fate?”

For more information, contact Elois Zeanah at or 205/247-5389.