Monday, February 24, 2014

Arizona Senator Rejects Common Core Standards Because Math Has Letters

I'd just like to preface this by reminding everyone that these are the kind of people who have a role in shaping what your children will be learning in school:

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.

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.”

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.

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.
First off, "borderline pornographic"? I'm legitimately curious to see the material he's reading. But it's the second comment that's pure gold. The man is 69 years old and you would think that in all that time living on Earth he would have discovered algebra at some point. But for whatever reason, he hasn't, and like most conservatives, probably assumes this, like evolution and other things taught in high school that he doesn't understand, is another liberal conspiracy. Mixing numbers and letters and messing with the natural order of things? Not if Sen. Al Melvin has anything to say about it!

16 comments:

  1. This guy reported it.
    http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2014/02/22/arizona-state-senator-says-he-opposes-common-core-because-it-promotes-algebra/

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  2. " The man is 69 years old and you would think that in all that time living on Earth he would have discovered algebra at some point."

    You mean 'Al-Jibra', or 'Sharia Arithmatic'? :)

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    1. I passed on making a reference to that for some reason. Now I regret it.

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  3. Who's the bigger idiot: The idiot who opposes algebra, or the idiots who elected him?

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    1. The children who grow up in a state where that idiot sets educational standards.

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    2. The idiot who opposes algebra. The voters have the excuse of being the target of multi-million-dollar misinformation campaigns.

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  4. I imagine "borderline pornographic" probably refers to Catcher in the Rye, which is a grades 9 and 10 book in Common Core and a longtime target of conservative book-banning efforts.

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  5. Don't hate us because liberals are beautiful, and smart.

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  6. I would gladly sacrifice my life,if it meant that all the libs would die right along with,so this world could be cleansed of that dirty word and group of people!!

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    1. it's gotta work, right? give it a try; nothing to lose.

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  7. The "voters" have come from other states and raised their kids elsewhere. Now they're here to kick and spit about change. Ideas and people that are different than Mayberry confuse and scare them.

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  8. "I would gladly sacrifice my life,if it meant that all the libs would die right along with,so this world could be cleansed of that dirty word and group of people!!"

    ..don't you just love these fascist cockroaches? man, is it ever time to pick up the can of BLACK FLAG or what?

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  9. Probably because Algebra was invented by a Muslim. He didn't care that it wasn't relevant, and that math is math everywhere in the world.

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    1. Sorry but you are wrong Algebra was not invented by a Muslim, but in fact was first introduced in India, and then stolen by the Muslim nation and proclaimed there own, as they did with medicine. Check your facts first.

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  10. Before you start stating that common core is valid and he is wrong, try looking at the standards. He is right, I have seen the reading material for 3 and 4 grade and they contain explicit sexual content, not catcher in the rye for high schoolers, but we are talking about grade schoolers.
    As for Math look at how subtraction and division are actually implemented in common core, its a joke. I have taken some of the standards to degree holding mathematicians and engineers and they can't figure out what is being asked.
    Common core should be rejected, they are not standards nor objectives but the ranting from the politically correct left to totally undermine education in this country.

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