WTF, Arizona? Lawmakers bent on keeping kids uneducated

This article was one small step away from The Onion material. How people can be so paranoid, ignorant and short-sighted boggles my mind.

AZ Senate panel votes to bar Common Core standards.

Ignoring pleas from business leaders, the Senate Education Committee voted 6-3 along party lines Thursday to bar Arizona from implementing the Common Core standards the state adopted just four years earlier.

Sen. Al Melvin, R-Tucson, who championed SB 1310, said he does not doubt that the concept of some nationally recognized standards started out as a “pretty admirable pursuit by the private sector and governors.”

“It got hijacked by Washington, by the federal government,” he said. And Melvin, a candidate for governor, said that “as a conservative Reagan Republican I’m suspect about the U.S. Department of Education in general, but also any standards that are coming out of that department.”

So he hates it because it comes from the current administration? They can do nothing right so reject everything out of hand? That’s his reasoning?!?! Oh, wait…

“some of the reading material is borderline pornographic.” And he said the program uses “fuzzy math,” substituting letters for numbers in some examples.

Wonder if it’s biology or literature that is pornographic? Algebra is a no-no? Who knew? What absurdity. Arizona GOP, this guy could not graduate high school today and you ELECTED him? Shame on you.

Those against computers in the classroom say the Common Core “indoctrinated of the concepts of global warming, evolution, defaming the founders.” Yep, they got a good education, I see…

You know what? We can’t make this kind of ridiculousness up. Astounding. Epic fail for this state which also passed a discriminatory anti-gay law.

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  7 comments for “WTF, Arizona? Lawmakers bent on keeping kids uneducated

  1. February 21, 2014 at 6:35 PM

    Just this week in Wisconsin, an attempt was made by the Republican legislature to remove the common core and create a politically appointed committee to develop new standards. The majority of committee members would be appointed by the governors office, with the state Department of Public Instruction providing only minority input. Fortunately this proposal has been tabled for now. (Forgive me for a bit of hyperbole, but I really don’t want the Koch brothers and ALEC writing curriculum for students.)

  2. Jay O
    February 21, 2014 at 8:56 PM

    I am an educator, my friends, fiancé, and parents are also educators. While this may appear as an argument from authority, I can assure you that Common Core is not an adequate solution to the public school ‘problem’ It is bad at best, and disastrous at worst. That being said the reasoning behind the AZ panels decision is outrageous and an embarrassment to the state. It is shocking that government officials would issue statements like the above. Hopefully the people of the state will vote them out. In this particular instance however it appears the end result may justify the process.

    • Sam
      February 22, 2014 at 10:26 AM

      You nailed it. The quality of the common core is beside the point. Hopefully they require a critical thinking class in the new curriculum (the best class I took in high school).

  3. Chris
    February 21, 2014 at 11:59 PM

    Yet another reason I am glad I worked to escape high school a year early. I did not know it at the time, but if I had not I would have graduated from a high school in Arizona, which is where my dad retired to after almost thirty years in the military (I graduated from my second high school in Texas, I managed to attend half the number of high schools as my brother, the joys of being an Army brat). And would have probably ended up living there just like my younger siblings.

    I only have to visit the state every so often. Though I do remember my dad bragging about the policies of one of their governors, and that same governor convicted of bank fraud.

    It is an amusing place that is nice to visit. I am just glad I don’t live there.

  4. Brandon
    February 22, 2014 at 1:36 AM

    Maybe they should go with Roman numerals instead of those suspicious Arabic ones in math class. You wouldn’t want to indoctrinate children with the secret Muslim socialist agenda, right?

    • Chico Esquela
      February 24, 2014 at 12:55 PM

      You know that Arabic numerals predate Islam, right?

  5. Chris Hunt
    February 22, 2014 at 4:32 AM

    The committee are clearly adherents of Lady Bracknell:

    I do not approve of anything that tampers with natural ignorance.  Ignorance is like a delicate exotic fruit; touch it and the bloom is gone.  The whole theory of modern education is radically unsound.

    — The Importance of Being Earnest, Act 1

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