The "Stupid Party" seems to want everyone to be just like them

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Dan Fischer. Yes, that’s really him.

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

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Again, this is Dan Fischer, the guy gutting education.

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.

Hi everyone! I am a prior litigation paralegal and graduate of the UCLA paralegal program. My undergraduate studies were at University of Nevada, Las Vegas majoring in Sociology and minoring in Business. Adding law heightened my analytical skills of legal issues, social issues and I worked on several high profile class action cases against BMW; Microsoft; General Motors; 24 Hour Fitness; Airborne vitamin supplement and several other class action cases that were litigated U.S. Federal Courts. I love writing about political and consumer protection issues and proud to be a contributor for Quietmike.org.

8 COMMENTS

  1. It is disgusting what the Regressives (R) are doing to our public education system. They are purposely dumbing down America so that they will benefit come election time. I am particularly against home schooling mostly because the parents perhaps have been dumbed down as youngsters. I am also against religious schools if they do not teach the three R’s. All schools whether it be public, private or religious schools need to be regulated by the Department of Education brought to us by President Eisenhower the last of the progressive republicans.

    In the early 1950’s I attended a private high school in San Francisco that taught the three R’s and different trades. The school ran on endowments left by two gentlemen in the early 1900’s. They also had an aggressive college preparation program sponsored by UC Berkeley. The classes were small. There were six in my graduating class and they all attended Berkeley and are practicing engineers. Many of the graduates went on to be machinists, electricians, chemists, carpenters, etc. and were readily accepted as apprentices by the local unions. Now that the Regressives (R), starting with Saint Raygun, have virtually destroyed unions, there are very few opportunities to learn a trade. Bush tried to destroy unions as well as trying to eliminate the Davis Bacon Act which set wages for federal and state contracts but was unsuccessful thank goodness. The Act was passed by President Roosevelt in 1935,

  2. When objective, empirical truth becomes something to be feared, ignorance becomes a noble quality to be celebrated. Knowledge becomes suspect and ignorance becomes a virtue.

    Europe has its own troubles, but a friend of mine whom I met while studying in Paris some years ago wrote me last fall upon reading about Texas school officials wanting to do a little revising of American history. He sent the article as an attachment and his only personal comment was “What in the hell is going on with you people?”

    I seriously wish I knew. American culture has lost its moorings and nobody has his/her hand on the rudder. Hell, there is no rudder. It is as if the American id has been turned loose to run amok and we are not integrated enough as individuals or as a people to put boundaries back on it. Reason and knowledge and civility have given way to a reflexive viscerality that threatens the very social fabric of this country.

    It’s a little scary.

  3. Educated people are a natural threat to the contemporary GOP. They depend on a populace that believes in the kind of misdirection and outright lies promoted by their propaganda channels, of which FOX is the most recognized, but far from the only or even worst. A little NewsMax or World Nut Daily will convince even the most rabid Faux hater to see that it’s not the most insane. Now I hear that the Oklahoma nut jobs want history students to read reagan’s speeches. What a sad commentary on just how low human beings can sink.

  4. my grandchildren’s public schools have been so dumb-downed they go to our Parish school. unlike the author’s experience, our Parish school is very modern and is not just a religious school. my grandson is in first grade and started learning American Sign Language in kindergarten and now he is also learning Spanish. he will continue to learn both throuth 8th grade. he has classes in science (he knows the earth is billions of years old and dinosaurs were extinct when man arrived). he has history, math, language arts and science as well as art, music and gym and of course religion. our public school district stripped music, gym and art out of the curriculum 5 years ago as well as discontinuing buses if you live within 2 miles of your school. we haven’t been able to pass a levy in 5 years and our public school district is about to be taken over by the state. is our Parish school expensive? yes, but my daughter and son-in-law work every extra minute of overtime they can get and any extra duty details that come their way. they desperately want their children to succeed and a dumb downed public school will not be the road to success.

  5. This, of course, is a fundamental element of a.free and democratic society intimacy intwined with freedom of the press and freedom of speech. The recent anti-vaccinators is the same mind set. We live in communities and the community has the right to expect that its members be informed of unvarnished history, be vaccinated, stop at red lights, keep the streets free of trash, etc. Children from Oklahoma and Texas need the the requisite information to compete with their peers in the remainder of The USA.

    • You can add Louisiana and Kansas and Alabama and Mississippi and any number of rabid Red states to that list. If we don’t know what our liberties are, it is easy enough to lose them.

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