|Think you can sneak the homosexual agenda by Republican Rep. Charles Van Zant! WELL YOU CAN'T!|
It sounds innocuous enough but as of late "Common Core" has been a cause du jour that the right wingers have taken to attacking as America's next great evil. Why they hate and fear a program whose only apparent purpose is to ensure consistent educational standards across the 50 states I cannot say... but boy they surely do.
Here are just a few examples of what the righties are saying about this program...
Alabama Tea Party leader Barbour County Tea Party leader Terry Batton says at public hearing that a vote for Common Core said:
"will damn lawmakers to hell" because it will cause our children "to be taught to be anti-Christian, anti-Catholic and anti-American,”
The American Family Association’s Sandy Rios warned that children won’t “I just can’t see how our kids can survive,” Common Core saying:
"our children may find themselves in a situation where they cannot function, they cannot be accepted into colleges and universities, they can’t get scholarships, they can’t get a ticket to get into, you know, just living life"
Republican Rep. Jim Bridenstine of Oklahoma called it “socialism,” is actually an attempt by the federal government to “control opinions” and weaken "American exceptionalism" saying:
"You don’t have the federal government controlling opinions and indoctrinating students and teachers with what they want the public to learn, and basically what they want the public to learn is that which is ‘common’"
WorldNetDaily commentator Patrice Lewis says it will turn America into "Nazi Germany" with its “brainwashing” and “indoctrination techniques” saying:
"The government doesn’t just want our children’s bodies; it particularly wants their minds. If Nazi German taught us nothing else, it taught us this: Children are the currency of tyrants"
Glenn Beck, who believes the educational standards, which have been adopted in 44 states, are “evil” and designed to “train us to be a serf state” under the rule of China and Islam saying:
"We are dealing with evil... And there comes a time where you have to just say what it is, and it's evil"
WOW! If they are to be belived that is some pretty scary stuff! To top it off we now have Republican State Rep. Charles Van Zant with a whole new terrifying slant on what "Common Core" can do.... It can turn your kids onto the gay!
While speaking at something called the “Operation Education Conference” Van Zant said the American Institutes for Research, which has been assigned to develop Common Core-based tests for Florida, "are promoting as hard as they can, any youth that is interested in the LGBT agenda."
"These people that will now receive $220 million from the state of Florida, unless this is stopped, will promote double-mindedness in state education and will attract every one of your children to become as homosexual as they possibly can. I’m sorry to report that to you ... I really hate to believe that news, but you need to know."
Here is a video of of Van Zant spreading the word...
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In rebuttal to Van Zants's lunacy the American Institutes for Research, who was tapped by Florida state's education commissioner Pam Stewart to create tests specifically tailored for Florida, has answered the his claims by saying....
"We are not an advocacy group... AIR is a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization. We do educational assessment, research, health policy research and communication, and international development. We have supported many states by providing high-quality assessments of their specific state standards."
"AIR has an active practice area creating materials for schools on LGBT Youth issues, in which it studies the youngsters’ experiences and offers recommendations for how to help them survive a world that can be harsh and judgmental."
By the way AIR only provides materials on gay and lesbian issues to schools and organizations that request it.
AIR also does similar work in the areas of bullying and substance abuse in addition to its efforts in education, health and workforce matters.
On a personal note Common Core wasn't even in existence when I was in school but I can say with some certainty that my 7th grade mathematics mid-terms turned me bi-curious for at least two weeks upon completion. Just sayin'.