10th grade class reads erotic novel recommended by Common Core proponents…


SIERRA VISTA, Ariz.  – The following e-mail was sent to me yesterday:

          Subject: Porn at Buena High School in Sierra Vista, Arizona

Below is a picture and an excerpt out of the book Dreaming in Cuban by Cristina Garcia.

          This is a 10th grade literature book that was used in my son’s class at Buena High School in Sierra Vista, Arizona. The whole class read this book out loud during class. Everyone in the class had a copy of this book.

          This book was recommended by Common Core Curriculum.

          The following excerpt is taken from page 80:

“Hugo and Felicia stripped in their room, dissolving easily into one another, and made love against the whitewashed walls. Hugo bit Felicia’s breast and left purplish bands of bruises on her upper thighs. He knelt before her in the tub and massaged black Spanish soap between her legs. He entered her repeatedly from behind.

“Felicia learned what pleased him. She tied his arms above his head with their underclothing and slapping him sharply when he asked.

“‘You’re my bitch,’” Hugo said, groaning.

“In the morning he left, promising to return in the summer.”

          Here’s a photo of the passage:

Fire between them



          And here’s a photo of the book’s cover. Notice the Buena High bar code on the cover.

Dreaming in Cuban



Yes“Dreaming in Cuban” by Cristina Garcia is indeed recommended in the Common Core Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects.

Because the Common Core Standards Initiative ties teachers’ evaluations to the scores their students make on the Common Core assessments, teachers are pressured to teach the Common Core Text Exemplars and Sample Performance Tasks (Appendix B).

Dreaming in Cuban” is found on page 152 of this recommended list:  PAGE 152 — Garcia, Cristina. Dreaming in Cuban. New York: Random House, 1993. (1992) — From “The Languages Lost: Six Days in April”

Along with this information in Appendix B is a link to which teachers and students are to refer: Media Text — Portal to selected interviews with author Cristina García.

By directing teachers and students to the interview with Cristina Garcia, it is easy to see that Common Core becomes basically a marketing tool to launch Cristina Garcia’s latest book – King of Cuba – which undoubtedly has more pornographic, raunchy, inappropriate, lascivious, prurient, and sexualized language in it.

Common Core recommends that teachers teach many multicultural, politically correct books and gives teachers and students web links to authors’ sites, thus influencing students to purchase more books by these same authors.

With Common Core demanding that teachers teach informational text from 50% to 70% of the time, the time-honored, character-building classics will be dropped because they take large blocks of time to teach.  In their place, offensive, sexualized books such as Dreaming in Cuban will take over students’ classrooms (and their minds).

Not only are such books highly offensive to those who hold traditional values (e.g., belief in personal responsibility, self- discipline, respect for authority, self-control, a solid work ethic, respect for other people, traditional marriage), but they also serve a purpose for those who are trying to indoctrinate this and future generations to hate America and to trash American exceptionalism.  A steady diet of portraying ethnic/racial characters always as victims and saturating these books with gutter language is bound to warp students’ minds.

Please go to the following two articles to learn more:

The first article is called “A Monstrous Story for a Monstrous Curriculum: The Ugly Heart of Common Core.” It was written by Dana R. Casey, a high-school English teacher, who explains exactly how the Common Core Standards can warp vulnerable teenagers’ minds, setting them up to accept the next wave of anti-American sentiment.

The second article is to a similar one that I wrote:  “The Perfect Plan To Destroy America: Nationalize Education.”


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  • Guest

    Not that any of you care whatsoever about the truth but here is the actual list of the common core recommended reading from 9th to 11th grade Real shocking stuff! … ”
    The Tragedy of Macbeth by William Shakespeare (1592)
     “Ozymandias” by Percy Bysshe Shelley (1817)
     “The Raven” by Edgar Allan Poe (1845)
     “The Gift of the Magi” by O. Henry (1906)
     The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (1939)
     Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (1953)
     The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara (1975)
     “Speech to the Second Virginia Convention” by Patrick Henry (1775)
     “Farewell Address” by George Washington (1796)
     “Gettysburg Address” by Abraham Lincoln (1863)
     “State of the Union Address” by Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1941)
     “Letter from Birmingham Jail” by Martin Luther King, Jr. (1964)
     “Hope, Despair and Memory” by Elie Wiesel (1997)
     “Ode on a Grecian Urn” by John Keats (1820)
     Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë (1848)
     “Because I Could Not Stop for Death” by Emily Dickinson (1890)
     The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (1925)
     Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston (1937)
     A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry (1959)
     The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri (2003)
     Common Sense by Thomas Paine (1776)
     Walden by Henry David Thoreau (1854)
     “Society and Solitude” by Ralph Waldo Emerson (1857)
     “The Fallacy of Success” by G. K. Chesterton (1909)
     Black Boy by Richard Wright (1945)
     “Politics and the English Language” by George Orwell (1946)
     “Take the Tortillas Out of Your Poetry” by Rudolfo Anaya (1995)

  • Tony Anzalone

    Are you seriously insinuating that this book should be burned? People used to do a lot of stupid things, people used to burn “witches”, so what!

  • Tony Anzalone

    I’m a teacher and these books are not banned.

  • Tony Anzalone

    Interesting, I just re-read through the “Common Core State Standards for ENGLISH LANGUAGE ART S & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects” and nowhere was this book mentioned as being recommended reading.

  • Michelle Emch Johns

    While I have to admit that I read passage similar to this while in high school, it was not required reading and I certainly would have been embarrassed to read it aloud. The Standards want students to read more informational text over the course of all of their studies/classes. It is not their intent to remove classic literature from literature classes. That is a problem at your own high school.

  • Guest

    While I have to say that read

  • maria gagliano

    yet schools have banned these literary classics that have shaped America!
    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Autobiography of Malcolm X,
    The Call of the Wild, The Catcher in the Rye, For Whom the Bell Tolls,
    Moby Dick, The Scarlet Letter, To Kill A Mockingbird and so many more.


      You are SO right! These books were banned in a time that Parents were active in their children’s lives and many of those books were judged without being read! This book has a very poignant section. As others have said here that this might be the ONLY section, one is too many when there is a mass of literature to choose from.

  • Tori

    As a student in 11th grade, I can profess that there have been countless books I’ve read on approved reading lists in school that have contained bits of graphic material such as this. Before Common Core was even implemented. It doesn’t come as a surprise. The fact that they read it out loud as a class is startling, however.


      Thank you for sharing your experience of being a student in the middle of this discussion. Applause, applause!

  • Elaine Eckart

    I didn’t date until I was almost 19, and then it was a double date with my male cousin, his friend and my friend. We always went dancing to family gatherings.

  • Elaine Eckart

    I wouldn’t read that crap now.

  • Clayton Holloway

    Don’t get me wrong, this is all horrible, appalling, etc, but the thing that stands out the most… is the blatant lack of writing skill by the book’s author. Even if this wasn’t common-core or sexual in nature, is this really what passes for 10th grade learning material these days? O.o

    • hollywd

      Excellent insight Clayton, not only appalling and demeaning, but the style of writing seems to be around the level of an 8th grader. And the dumbing down proceeds…

      • no1lefthere

        HAHA I am so glad I wasn’t the only one to notice that.

  • One other thing. I think her/his/whatever writing stinks

  • OK—any of you “play” doctor or nurse or any such when you were 5 — 10? We have demonized sex. Most of us (myself included) have unhealthy attitudes toward sex. It has to be worked on. Hopefully we will rationalize our attitudes soon (I am not however holding my breath.)

  • Where are the outraged parents now?? Grooming their daughters for toddlers and tiaras.

  • no1lefthere

    I do not believe the book is GARBAGE, but it is highly inappropriate for the age groups of 10th or 11th grade who are only 14-17 years old. For a adult, who cares, read what you want(I certainly do) While my children are schooled at home, and read above their age level, I do not want them reading scenes like what is in a erotic novel. No teacher should be forced to make them read this either. When talking age appropriate, this is not on the list until after they are 18 and moved on to making their own decisions.

  • Cathy Kesler

    oh boy, First off, I guess is my child isn’t reading this, and he/or she won’t be attending class while it is read out loud. He or she will be assigned something I deem appropriate to read and write a report on for the exact same grade value. Secondly, I will be seeing a lawyer to get the book removed from any list until my child is of age to read such a book. Thirdly, the little excerpt I read here, teaches boys to be violent during sex..and girls to accept being called a bitch.. NOT OKAY AT ALL

  • ilene smith

    this is totally UNREAL…I would be LIVID if my kids had to read this GARBAGE!


      HAD TO…that is the key to this whole discussion.

  • charfoxt

    Hey Joe – Listen to this Paul Harvey spot from 1965….https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10200905877993157&set=vb.1351418400&type=2&theater

  • Anonymous

    Wow this country is going downhill. We, as a society, blow everything out of proportion. People seem to think the world should work only by Roman Catholic standards, which means no matter what religion you are and how peaceful that religion is, you’re wrong and you should feel bad. IF you don’t agree with my outrage, you’re wrong and you should feel bad. This shouldn’t happen because I say it shouldn’t. I am ashamed anymore to say I am a citizen of this fucked up country..

    • Richard Harold Weatherfield

      You can always leave.

      • crq

        Sooner the better!
        And, FYI, I don’t think the RomCaths have anything to do w/it…parents – esp if they are good parents, want to ensure age appropriate info. And yeah, I do agree there’s lots of stuff that’s F’ed up here, but, you need to travel & learn that we have more freedoms than anyone else in the world…learn something anonymous.
        I also note that you may be casting aspersions, but you can’t even name yourself… you’re real bold, aren’t ya?

  • Ronald Wayne Childers

    damn Yankee Cubans

  • salliemaetoday

    I wasn’t even allowed to DATE in the 10th grade!!! Many, many books MUCH more appropriate used to get burned by groups of parents and concerned citizens…..To tie a Teachers salary to this piece of trash is ludicrous!! Where are the outraged parents now??

    • crq

      With this economy? Too busy working to pay attn. to what their kids are reading…that’s too bad. My mom woulda chewed a whole lot of hind end at the school & they woulda felt it for weeks. I agree though…I would not have been allowed to date at that age…group events yes, a real date, fimbul winter would come first.

  • Becky Richey

    Actually, Joshua it IS on the reading list for 11th grade, along with the highly pornographical “The Bluest Eye” by Toni Morrison. Here is the link to the Common Core Appendix B: http://www.corestandards.org/assets/Appendix_B.pdf Read down to the 11th grade section. And your comments are specious; no normal person could read the direct quotations from the filthy porn noted in the article and not call it an erotic novel. This is all part of desensitizing children and making them more pliable for socialist dogma, not to mention dumbed down.

    • Lisa Cash Hanson

      This is so disturbing and sick to me as a parent. Every day it becomes clear as my daughter becomes old enough to attend school it will not be in a public school. Sad

  • Joshua Blakely Radabaugh

    Misleading article. It isn’ even on the common core book list. http://www.scholastic.com/commoncore/common-core-book-list-literature.htm Also the book is not an erotic novel. Do some research people.

    • salliemaetoday

      Does the portion read NOT sound erotic to you? It sure does to me! Especially for 13-14 year old kids. Why is there a school library stamp on this book if it isn’t in the school?

    • hollywd

      Joshua, may not be pornographic to you, but obviously as parents, it is to us. I too like Cathy will seek legal action for these types of books being introduced to any in my family.

    • crq

      If that wasn’t erotic, it certainly was foul for that age range. It’s one thing if an adult chooses that book for self, but a child…nope, just not right.

    • Josh Wahawa Ruchty

      Agreed. If I’m a good person that does one bad thing, I’m not suddenly defined by that one act. Similarly, the book may have erotic section(s) in it, but that doesn’t make it fundamentally “erotic.” By this logic of protecting their child, a parent would have to isolate their child from every source which, even once, depicted something perceived as immoral by the parent. Good luck with that.

      • Clayton Holloway

        Semantics. It’s not intended as an erotic book. When we make the claim it’s erotic, we are saying it has erotic content that is inappropriate for children and there is no denying that. Arguing that the book isn’t erotic is simply misguided at best and perhaps an attempt at misdirection at worst.

  • Edward Brandon

    This is why my children will never be allowed into a public “school”.