The "Stupid Party" seems to want everyone to be just like them
A lawmaker named Dan Fischer (R) recently introduced a bill to eliminate AP (Advanced Placement) History in Oklahoma. AP History is taught in high schools earning the student general education at the college level. Its elimination came out of the blue and was shocking, to say the least. The Oklahoma House passed the bill without any Democratic votes. That speaks volumes.
Eliminating AP History, including the layoff of teachers, may not seem that harmful on its face. It is a slippery slope to the gutting of many educational guidelines. As education serves as a pillar to society, crumbling it will have tremendous adverse effects on us all.
“Public Education does not exist for the benefit of students or for the benefits of their parents. It exists for the benefit of the social order.” ~ John Green
Having attended private Christian school until 8th grade, I wasn’t taught regular curriculum. There was nothing secular allowed. Private schools can teach whatever they want, for the most part, and are unregulated. By the time I attended public school, I was way behind on history and literature. Actually, that’s being kind, I didn’t know what they were talking about! I’d never even read Mark Twain, let alone basic history. I had a lot of catching up to do and still try to study history to this day.
When I saw that some “Patriot Preacher” lawmaker (who may not correctly recall U.S. History himself) wanted to eliminate AP History, it really struck a nerve. It may start with advanced placement but will inevitably trickle down to lower grades, especially within the same schools. It seems that education in the United States is becoming less important than ever. Yet in other countries, particularly with an emerging middle class, education is valued and invested in far more.
“We have discovered as a species it is useful to have an educated population. You do not need to be a student or have a child who is a student to benefit from Public Education.Every second of every day of your life, you benefit from Public Education.” ~ Green
The reasoning behind the bill is is that Fischer believes that high school isn’t meant to be a “critical thinking” education. American Exceptionalism will naturally take care of that, apparently. This particular brand of propaganda will shape how and why we pick certain ideologies, and this will include our educational institutions.
Or, in short, “We don’t need no fancy dad-gum edumacation because we’s American! Yee-Haw!”
The Republican National Convention condemned the new AP US History framework as “a radically revisionist view of American history that emphasizes negative aspects of our nation’s history while omitting or minimizing positive aspects.”
Or, in short, the GOP wants to, ahem, white-wash the history books.
In several states, the National Education Foundation has offered several STEM grants. The outcome is yet to be seen but if these states do not take the funding, it will be a great disservice to students, many of whom are very bright and would thrive on this kind of education. Yet State Governors could reject these funds.
“So let me explain why I like to pay taxes for schools, even though I don’t personally have a kid in school: It’s because I don’t like living in a country with a bunch of stupid people.” ~ Green
The Republicans are more and more known as the “Party of Stupid.” Rick Santorum has even said that smart people will never be on the GOP’s side. This very site has tackled the issue repeatedly. We’ve discussed the Republican Strategy of Stupidity. We listed just a few of the stupid things they did last year, and that writer had to stop at 21 or risk an aneurysm. Most recently, we talked about the stupid things Republicans fabricate to use against their rivals.
Do you see the theme here? Republicans win through stupidity. And the less educated (and more stupid) the average American is, the better the GOP will do. And that’s just what we’re seeing in Oklahoma. And Texas. And Kansas. And Wisconsin. And Florida. And Mississippi. And…
You get the idea.