We’ve already seen evidence that real-life kids are being saddled unfairly with Common Core-aligned math textbooks that are plain junk. So who wants to see the popular American Girl doll hauling around a Common Core math textbook? A Common Core-aligned Pearson textbook is included in American Girl’s school backpack set.


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American Girl has responded to criticism of its Common Core product placement.

Mattel has also responded.

“Apparently, even the American Girl Dolls cannot break away from a large publisher like Pearson,” writes elementary school principal and blogger Peter DeWitt. “Clearly, this mini-textbook will expose the American Girl Doll to the Common Core State Standards. Perhaps it will even prepare her for the Common Core State Assessments. We are still uncertain how the doll will be able to take the on-line assessments when they happen in 2014-2015 school year.”

  • adam

    Does it come with the McDonalds application that Common Core will prepare her to fill out after high school?

    • QWYS (Hydralisk of the Swarm)

      Or put out during HS and just go get her abortifacients from the pharmacy no questions asked while some poor slob tries to buy Mucinex for his sick child and the system to check he isn’t a meth dealer is down.

      • $41378716

        Suuuure. Maybe Mattel can get Teva to pony up for little itty bitty Plan B One Step as an added backpack item.
        It isn’t like they have to worry about age limits.


    • WhoMeToo

      Hey! With the new $1M dollar an hour “living wage”, why the hell not. ¯_(ツ)_/¯

    • $41378716

      No. Because after amnesty is passed, there won’t be anymore jobs like that. She’ll have to “punt,” if they still allow that.

  • ObamaFail

    So the American Girl dolls will be stupid and not have the foggiest idea of how to actually do math? It’s every liberals dream!

    Next year’s doll will have a voice box that calls you a terrorist if it picks up any “terrorist talk” from the people living in the house it’s in, terrorist talk such as: Anything that sounds too pro-America, anything that sounds like it criticizes Obamacare, say anything about the national debt being too high, anything that sounds like the words personal responsibility, and basically the truth.

  • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Note the cleverness in making it a Mathematics textbook– you know, that old chestnut about how girls do not like (and are no good at) Math? Now, if this supposed to be a subliminal message to girls that “Math is cool,” why did they do the “Lindsay Crouse” by cracking out of turn, and crumbing the play, with a Common Core book?

    (PS, I have no idea whether girls are less good at Math than boys, and even if that were so, whether that’s innate or cultural.)

    • Mark81150 Never/Trump/Hillary

      I’ve never had trouble with math, and even took an IQ test once, math skills exceptional.. I have an easy time seeing patterns, which really is all math is, patterns… my daughter (14),.. also has exceptional math skills.. the issue isn’t ability from my viewpoint, I just hated taking math, it was boring to me, daughter says the same thing..

      It may too be a male female thing, not that girls can’t do it, they can, they just favor other courses instead.. courses which are more social, conversational, every study I saw, said girls seek out social connections and community to move forward, guys are more goal oriented, less caring about being socially connected…. read a lot of parenting magazines in doctors offices the last 15 years.. which love to get into.. “why is sissy bad at math”?… of course the articles always clarify it’s not ability at issue.

      and the current math texts are junk,.. I’m amazed kids learn math at all… I have to sit with my kids, their cousins sometimes, and teach them basics, which was common in the 60’s.. like times tables, they didn’t have to memorize them like we did.. and I ban calculators at the homework table, scratch paper free, no charge.. and show your work.. I’ve cashiered, and used to make it a game to run the math in my head and figure the change before hitting the enter key.. but I’m told that’s not so easy for most people.

      • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

        Another thing we need to bring back are those “Hard-Ass” Math Teachers, like I had in the Seventies…Mr. Mcswiggan (Woodbury Ave. Elementary School, Long Island, N.Y.) and “Nolan Bowl” (Theodore Roosevelt Middle School, Cocoa Beach, Fla.) come to mind… Other students used to pick on these teachers for being the Hard0Asses they were, but I admired the way they taught… Jawamax 8<{D}

  • Pat

    no mattel or American girl products bought by me for 2 granddaughters. I want them to grow up EXCEPTIONAL, intelligent, independent women!

    • karmafordems

      Here Here!

    • Part138

      I don’t like this aspect to American Girl either, but the stories that come with the historical dolls and the modern “Girls of The Year.” are about strong intelligent girls, stories I know I would have loved to read even more if they had been around at the time I was in the company’s target age group.
      P.S. And by the way, I do not work for AG. (-:

      • Pat

        you, as I see it, are the problem, along with so many others. allowing one iota of common core into main stream is their first step and you are condoning opening the door.
        my door remains shut. I will not condone brown shirting our precious children.

        • Part138

          I’m not even thinking about Common Core. I’d just like the American Girl doll modern school accessories to be about more than math and science. IMO it’s wonderful when girls are interested in those subjects and they should be encouraged to excel in that area just as much as boys are, but girls as well as boys of course have a variety of academic abilities and interests, and I would like them to be represented as well.

          • Pat

            now I get it, your taking your kids to why.

          • Part138

            Sorry? I don’t understand what you mean, could you explain? And I don’t have any kids.

          • Pat

            no, be the educated woman you say you are and read a newspaper. I don’t enable people, I believe in personal responsibility. look it up.

          • Part138

            All I’m talking about in this case is the modern American Girls having an English or History textbook available (hopefully not a Common Core one) in addition to a Math or Science textbook. That’s all.

        • Part138

          The AG historical stories actually remind me of the stories I used to read in elementary school in the early ’80’s. such as the “Little House on The Prairie” collection, and the “All of A Kind” family books about a poor Jewish family at the turn of the 20th century with five daughters. The characters in these stories were also smart, determined girls. The only difference I can see is that my books were longer! (I imagine longer historical fiction for this age group must also still exist, maybe I’ll ask my younger niece about it the next time I see her.) (-:

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  • Lynn Spinella Pagans

    I’m as conservative as can be. I am the mother of a young (8 year old) daughter. I am staunchly against common core. We are not boycotting AG over this. The truth is that their school supplies typically are identical to something used in the school system. But I am glad I didn’t buy the backpack set for my daughter since she plays school with her dolls regularly. The science set, however, has the identical book she currently uses at Catholic school. Let AG know how you feel- but being nasty gets us nowhere.

  • AmericanMom

    Hmmm, right before Christmas it appears the people who make this doll are decidedly Common Core cheerleaders. Dolls for democrats – what a concept.

  • WhoDat

    Anything that helps a child learn and compete with the world, it’s a good thing.

    • journogal

      Spoken like someone who doesn’t know anything about Common Core, or care. Just as long as it is approved by your betters, you’ll accept it and never question it like a good little controllable sheeple.

      • WhoDat

        Did I say Common Core was the solution?

    • SturJen

      That’s the problem with these Common Core math textbooks. They make American schoolchildren LESS able to compete with the world. I’ve seen some of them and it’s a tragedy how they mess up a simple thing like a multiplication problem.

      And take it from me, an EE Major going into Calc 2. There is no way this will make our kids any better in math, nor be able to compete internationally. It will make them barely able to count to 20. But as long as they don’t know how to calculate how much they ‘redistribute’ in taxes, the happier they will be – and they’ll continue to vote Socialist.

  • Jack Deth

    Make it right.

    Get rid of the Common Core textbook. And replace it with a copy of the Baltimore Catechism!

    • 4joachim

      whoops, a return to morals, honor, personal responsibility? ..uh oh

    • Part138

      lol, if it’s one of the historical dolls that would actually be a good accessory, maybe. The Catholic church hasn’t used “catechism” books for at least 50 years!

      • Deborah Hallsted

        Uh, I was taught from a catechism book, and it was far less than 50 yrs ago!

      • SturJen

        You mean that Catechism book I was given in RCIA classes when I converted in 2008? They don’t use that anymore? Heh! I should tell that to Mr. Sturjen, he teaches catechism to the HS class.

        • Part138

          Sorry, maybe I should have Googled that, but I remember learning, in Catholic school, almost 30 years ago that actual formal catechism books did not exist anymore. Could you mean textbooks used in CCD classes?

          • SturJen

            nope. Catechism of the Catholic church. We received 2 copies: One for me and one for my Son. Looks like the picture, reads like stereo instructions but has an exensive cross-reference in the back.

    • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      That would cause a Baltimore Cataclysm.

      • Jack Deth

        I see what you did there!

        Nice pun!

    • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

      Unless you’re fine with “I’m Okay, You’re Okay”….(Down vote me, If you think I deserve it…) Jawamax 8<{D}

  • Part138

    I’ve been collecting American Girl Dolls for some time now (there are many adult collectors) and have noticed that it seems to only be math-and science-related things for the modern dolls’ school accessories, no other subjects. Could this be part of the “girls can be good at math and science” messages that seem to be thrown at us over and over, even though I would think most people ALREADY knew quite well that they can?

    • nc ✓s & balances

      “STEM” is in.

  • Deborah Hallsted

    Commie Core aligned, selling you the goods.

  • Keys Man 70

    Socialist hate it when you expose their indoctrination propaganda.

    • nc ✓s & balances

      But they plow ahead anyway.

  • PatriotRG

    common core – the very lowest common denominator – Al Sharptons peeps can catch up

  • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

    Aren’t these “American Girl” Dolls/Figures/Toys supposed to be composites of girls who have lived through our country’s history? They were not just supposed to be toys, but lessons on individual periods in American History…. If the Great-Depression era “American Girl” was to haul that Common Core book around, would her teacher not HAVE A FIT? BTW, Back in those days, they taught the “Three R’s” (Readin’, (W)ritin’, and (A)’rithmetic), not this useless Common Core Garbage!
    /Rant off #ThreeRs #ScrapCommonCore Jawamax 8<{D}

    • Part138

      The historical dolls are. The ones this accessory was meant for are the modern ones.


    So how is this common core crap going to prepare mixing future nurses to mix chemo? When my mother was getting it, the nurses told her how they mixed it right in office and how precise the mixture had to be.

    But I guess “close enough” will just have to do?

    • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

      “Almost doesn’t count. except for Horse-shoes, Hand Grenades, Atom Bombs, and sometimes, Dynamite..” #AnonymousQuotes #MyPhilosophy(ies) Jawamax 8<{D}

  • JR48

    As a mother of a former small girl child, American Girl products are vastly overrated and over priced. That ‘set’ that you can buy for 28 bucks will fit in the palm of your hand. I think that you’d have to have a pretty crappy math background to think that you’re getting value for your money in the first place.

  • ToyZebra

    Barbie: “Math class is tough.”
    American Girl: “My math class is impossible.”

  • mdtljt

    As this comes from a company who, in Sept. 2009, thought it was a good idea to herald the arrival of Gwen Thompson, the Homeless American Girl doll, retailing for $95…this comes as no shock…

  • gold7406

    is her name julia?

  • Julescat
  • Steve Rizzle

    and people think Common Core is not a government run operation.

  • lukuj

    I have actually used that book while subbing. I am a retired teacher. It is terrible. I made the kids put it away and taught them using my own techniques. The book is so bad that, after spending a fortune on it, the district advised the teachers to just use it as a ” resource. ” It had unclear explanations, little practice, was not arranged logically. It was chosen because if the bells and whistles that came with it.