No doubt Common Core is imperfect, but at least its goals are aspirational — something Tea Party types won’t abide.
They claim it’s the heavy hand of big government they fear, but in truth their opposition is all about imposing a delusional, fundamentalist Christian worldview on impressionable kids.
Alabama appears poised to opt out of Common Core, as you’d expect from a state that consistently ranks near the bottom of the 50 states in public education.
Perhaps that explains why Common Core opponent Danny Hubbard, chairman of the Talladega County Republican Party, doesn’t know who wrote “To Kill a Mockingbird.”
“I believe it’s written by a fellow from Montgomery,” Hubbard told The Anniston Star. Or a woman from Monroeville, Ala.
“Mockingbird” joins John Steinbeck’s “Grapes of Wrath,” Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451″ and William Faulkner’s “As I Lay Dying” on the list of books deemed “highly controversial” by the Alabama GOP due to “vulgar language, explicit description of sex acts, incest, rape and host of other sexual perversions.”
They also object to Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible” because it dishonors the legacy of a great American: Joe McCarthy. Seriously.
“Now that all the records are out, it’s clear that McCarthy didn’t go far enough,” Hubbard said.
State Sen. Scott Beason, a likely candidate for Congress, agrees. “So we’re comparing the McCarthy investigations of the 1950s, in which he turned out to be right, with the Salem witch hunts,” he said.
Beason said he merely wants balance, pointing to a Common Core textbook’s inclusion of the poem “Hiroshima,” a remembrance of the dropping of the atomic bomb told from the Japanese point of view.
“It doesn’t sound like we’re being very good folks, does it?” said Beason, addding the poem “undermines American values.”
Next they’ll be scrubbing any mention of slavery because it makes Confederate Americans look bad and reflects unfairly on large plantation owners, the “job creators” of their time.