A mother in Vermillion Parish, La., was shocked when her 9-year-old son brought home a fourth-grade homework assignment that used urban slang for the word “twist.” Who wouldn’t be?
Brittany Badeaux was helping her son with homework, when in the midst of explanations of tornadoes and the 1950’s dance craze, the Twist, the worksheet offered historical background on“twista” saying:
Carl Terrell Mitchell, better known by his stage name Twista, was born in 1972. Nineteen years later Mitchell’s first album, “Runnin’ Off at da Mouth,” debuted. In 1997, after appearing on Do or Die’s hit “Po Pimp,” Twista was signed to Atlantic Records. Under that label he released “Adrenaline Rush” and formed the group Speedknot Mobstaz in 1998. His 2004 album Kamikaze went to number-one in the U.S. Billboard 200 album chart.
“I try to instill values in my son,” Brittney Badeaux, the boy’s mother, told Fox News. “My goal is for him to ultimately to become a great man, a family man, a well-rounded man. And now my son wants to know what a pimp is.”
Parish School Superintendent Jerome Puyau told local radio station KPEL that the assignment met the Common Core standards adopted by Louisiana.
“Part of the Common Core is what they call ‘real-world text,’” Puyau told the radio station. “What are our students reading? Are these students going to see this on the shelves in our department stores? And the answer is yes. If you search it, the first thing that comes up is the actual song ['Po Pimp']. This is real-world.”
Common Core has left parents scratching their heads as to how – and why – the new standards were developed. According to Fox News:
The Common Core State Standards initiative is a plan devised by the nation’s governors and backed by the Obama administration to set a uniform standard for grades K-12. In practice, it will ensure that every child in the nation reaches the same level of learning. So far, 45 states have agreed to use Common Core – including Louisiana.
“The Common Core curriculum, like it or not, we have to make our students successful,” Puyau told Fox News. “We foresee that our students will not be successful unless with align everything to the Common Core standards.”
After reviewing the assignment, Puyau conceded that the paragraph in the assignment was not appropriate for 9-year-olds, even though it was approved under Common Core standards for that age group.
“We are going to edit and audit everything that comes through,” he told Fox News. “In southwest Louisiana, we do have high morals. We’re going to utilize everything that we have to ensure our parents that what they are reading is appropriate to grade level.”
Watch the news report here via KLFY: