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.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!
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.
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: