Is this really happening:
PHOENIX — 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 four years ago.
Perhaps the terrible sand people of Arizonastan have something else in mind?
Sen. Al Melvin, R-Tucson, who championed SB 1310, said he believes 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,” said Melvin, a candidate for governor, and “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.”
Ah, Mr. Melvin is running for Governor and he knows he has to feed the Crazy. Common Core is Wingnutese for Commie-Socialist-Fascist indoctrination camps, probably run by FEMA, to turn your white babies into dusky Satanists who will Death Panel you in the dark of night and then gay-marry your lifeless corpse.
Melvin’s comments led Sen. David Bradley, D-Tucson, to ask him whether he’s actually read the Common Core standards, which have been adopted by 45 states.
“I’ve been exposed to them,” Melvin responded.
“I was wearing a nice trench coat,” Melvin did not add…
Pressed by Bradley for specifics, Melvin said he understands “some of the reading material is borderline pornographic.” And he said the program uses “fuzzy math,” substituting letters for numbers in some examples.
NOOOO! Substituting letter for numbers, not Algebra (or Al-Gebrazera, as it is known to Wingnuttia)!
I’m going to stop here, this would be funny if it were not so sad for the kids in AZ that really are going to be left behind, irreparably harmed by some ambitious politician who knows better but needs to feed the Teabaggers some red meat to get elected. Melvin should be ashamed, not voted into office.