The United States ranks 17 out of 40 in education, according to a recent global study by Pearson, an education firm. Other studies rank U.S. students at 25 out of 34 in math and science, while another ranks U.S. students in first place — in self esteem.
So it should come as no surprise that the battle over the future lies in state and local school boards, and leading the charge into ignorance and stupidity is the faith-based GOP.
Take, for example, Elois Zeanah, President of the Alabama Federation of Republican Women, Board Member of the Republican Women of Tuscaloosa County, and a former Mayor and City Council Member from Thousand Oaks, California.
At last week’s meeting of the Wetumka, Alabama Tea Party, Zeanah attacked President Barack Obama, comparing him to Hitler, and painting a — false — dystopian image of the future, if “Common Core,” a standardized education policy, is allowed to be adopted and fully implemented.
Note that Common Core was introduced in 2009 by the National Governors Association Center — not the Obama administration — but why should facts (like the correct title of George Orwell’s classic, 1984,) matter?
“Social conservative commentators have leveled harsh attacks against Common Core and now are working to convince lawmakers in the forty-five states which have adopted the standards to blocks its implementation,” writes Brian Tashman of Right Wing Watch today:
During a speech at the Wetumpka Tea Party, Elois Zeanah of the Alabama Federation of Republican Women compared the adoption of Common Core to the indoctrination of children in Nazi Germany, with President Obama teaching children and imposing an “anti-Christian, anti-capitalism, anti-America…pro-homosexuality, illegal immigration, unions, environmentalism, gun control, feminism and social justice” curriculum.
“They are going to force us to pay to indoctrinate our own kids,” Zeanah warned, “this is not a novel like ‘1994’ [sic], it’s Common Core.”
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