Let's practice our close reading skills, as described in Common Core, on the reports about Tuffy the rodeo clown who donned a President Obama mask at the Missouri state fair. Close reading is described by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC)
"Close, analytic reading stresses engaging with a text of sufficient complexity directly and examining meaning thoroughly and methodically, encouraging students to read and reread deliberately. Directing student attention on the text itself empowers students to understand the central ideas and key supporting details. It also enables students to reflect on the meanings of individual words and sentences; the order in which sentences unfold; and the development of ideas over the course of the text, which ultimately leads students to arrive at an understanding of the text as a whole."The highlighted text is the key feature of close reading. You can only consider the text presented when answering a question about the text. You may not bring in prior knowledge or context. You must examine meaning thoroughly (not sure how you can do that when limiting yourself to the text on the page) by reading and rereading.
So let's take some text on the Tuffy Gessling scandal being created in Missouri. We'll use this text from Politico
Boonville School Superintendent Mark Ficken, president of the Missouri Cowboy Rodeo Association, was the rodeo announcer during a controversial performance at the Missouri State Fair Saturday night, the association confirmed to PoliticMo on Sunday.
It was confirmed Sunday night by a spokesman for the Missouri State Fair.
“Watch out for that bull, Obama,” he said at one point.
According to an account published on the Democratic-leaning blog ShowMeProgress.com, a voice asked “if anyone would like to see Obama,” portrayed by a masked clown, “run down by a bull.” The crowd reportedly cheered, until the “bull came close enough to him that he had to move.” According to the account, at that point the clown “jumped up and ran away to the delight of the onlookers hooting and hollering from the stands.”
The performance set off a firestorm on social media on Sunday, and Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, a Republican, and U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Democrat, both called on people to be “held accountable” for the performance.
It was not clear whether it was actually Ficken’s voice making the anti-Obama comments, but attempts to contact him on Sunday were unsuccessful.
* UPDATE * Ficken did speak with MissouriNet. He told the outlet that it was not his voice being heard during the controversial performance, but that of a rodeo clown.
Now, using only the text provided answer the following prompt: Should Mark Ficken be able to keep his job as Superintendent of Boonville schools?