Parents claim Common Core-aligned ‘Goldilocks’ book portrays police officers in a negative light

Sep 14, 2013 by

EAST STROUDSBURG, Pa. – A Common Core-aligned reading assignment for third-graders in the East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania school district is raising concerns with parents and school officials.

In the story – “Goldilocks and the Cops” – young students are presented with a different take on the familiar fable in which the poor innocent Goldilocks gets busted for breaking and entering the bears’ home. Police then give her and her mother the third-degree, the Pocono Record reports.

“When police arrived, they handcuffed that naughty Goldilocks and marched her up to her front door,” the Record quotes from the story.

When Goldilocks’ mother asks what’s going on, she “got an earful about how her daughter deserved to be in jail” for her crimes and bad behavior. Goldilocks, described by the narrator as a “crazy girl,” is ultimately grounded for a year.

East Stroudsburg parent Miguel Velez complained to school officials when his 8-year-old son presented him with the Goldilocks homework assignment, specifically because he believes it’s offensive to police and includes inappropriate language, the Record reports.

Former police officer and local school board member Ronald Bradley also told the news site he believes the story’s depiction of police is negative.

“I think that the story, within itself, had a total disrespect for parenting,” said Velez, who was “utterly disgusted by it.”

Velez raised his concerns with state Rep. Rosemary Brown, school officials and other parents at Resica Elementary, his son’s school.

Resica principal Gail Kulick told the reporter she reviewed the story before it was implemented for the first time this year as material aligned with the national Common Core standards. She defended the material as relevant and appropriate for third-graders. The material is supposed to be for grades K-5, she said.

“They arrested her because, in the story, she broke in and she vandalized, which is breaking the law,” Kulick told the Record. “It’s trying to make (students) more aware, because a lot of kids don’t realize that their decisions and their actions can actually impact the rest of their lives.”

Next week, Rip Van Winkle gets busted for public intoxication and loitering.

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