In drafting their substitute language, coalition members drew upon the departments of education in Virginia and Texas and conservative sources, including Eagle Forum, the Heritage Foundation, the Pioneer Institute, Seton Home School Program and Hillsdale Academy.
The coalition’s proposed standards are far more detailed than the state’s proposal, mandating that kids learn important dates and figures. The state’s draft standards, instead, suggest examples of people, dates and events teachers might want to teach about under broader concepts.
For instance, the coalition’s standards would require fifth-graders to identify the Founding Fathers and “patriot heroes,” including John Adams, Samuel Adams, Benjamin Franklin and others.
The coalition’s standards would eliminate the reference to climate change in the state’s draft, as well as other elements of human geography, and add specific language pertaining to American exceptionalism.
There are two amazing things about this article from the Omaha World-Herald.
The first is the notion that climate change shouldn’t be taught in Nebraska’s public schools. After all, it’s not like climate has an impact on farming or ranching, right? I mean, we’ve only just had an incredibly severe drought that has taken a serious toll on people all across the state; the last thing anyone would want to do is teach children climate science because, obviously, no one has any idea at all why droughts occur.
The second is that the article, which features what I take to be politically-motivated changes that conservatives want to make to the curriculum, begins with this statement:
Nebraska’s proposed social studies standards are so vague they would invite misuse by teachers with a political agenda, according to a coalition offering to substitute a more detailed, conservative-leaning version.
So … it’s the teachers’ political agendas that are the problem. Riiiiiiight.
You see, conservatives are scientifically-verified, fear-based cowards…and true Republican homophobes loathe the LGBT community for the simple fact that they possess what CONS can only envy…namely, the COURAGE to live an authentic life.
Just this week, conservatives in North Carolina voted to prevent two people of the same-sex from forming a legal marriage contract. This is because living in a free society takes a level of maturity conservatives simply don’t possess. They lack the intelligence to live up to the responsibilities of freedom – which includes ensuring that each citizen is afforded equal protection under the law – even if you don’t like them.
Yes. It is exhausting to live among whiny children sporting “Made in China” American flag lapel pins, working incessantly to devolve this nation into the antithesis of a free society – simply because they can’t handle the “freedom” they pretend to love."
My queue currently has some lovely homophobic bile stewing in it at the moment. I think it was re-reading a quote by Rick Perry that finally just made me feel honestly exhausted. I like being political as much as the next feisty, obnoxious, liberal queer. To an extent, that’s what I’m doing here, albeit from a rather anti-political perspective.
The thing is, I’m simply tired of being a political issue. Although I haven’t really heard it expressed, I feel like a lot of other non-heteronormative people are as well. I’m sick and tired of peoples’ opinions of how I live my life having any bearing on whether or not they get elected to run my country. I’m tired of straight politicians acting like they have any idea what it’s like to be me and spewing their ignorant, hateful garbage. I’m tired of being told to change what I can’t and wouldn’t want to if I could. I am tired of politicians whose lives are entirely unaffected by mine acting like I’m a threat to them, their ways of life, the rest of the country, or anyone else. I’m tired of hearing lies about myself from public figures. I’m tired of people getting away with saying things about me that they would never utter about any racial or ethnic minority. I want governing bodies to worry about the economy, healthcare, and curtailing this country’s imperialist streak, not me. I’m simply tired of it.
If a woman in poverty wants to access birth control to protect herself from unwanted pregnancy, she’s a dirty slut and doesn’t deserve it. If she gets pregnant because of a lack of access to effective birth control and seeks abortion services, she’s a baby killer just doing it out of convenience. If she carries the baby to term and keeps it, she’s a welfare queen. This has nothing to do with funding, or even religion and morality. It’s not even entirely about being anti-woman. It’s all about punishing women for being poor.
And although it’s not only women who can experience these things, it is women who the anti-choice right focuses on. Not because they have compassion for people who are not women wanting access to birth control or having children, but because they don’t believe such people exist.
^^Accurate. All of this.
Republicans are not for free markets; they’re for corporate welfare and subsidies.
Republicans are not for low taxes; they’re for low taxes on today’s rich people. Everyone else can pay.
Republicans are not for reasonable regulation, they’re against all regulation of corporations, and all for regulation of individuals.
Republicans are not for limited government, they’re for a government that micromanages people’s personal lives, dictates to women about their bodies, aggressively compels people towards religious practice, and seeks to intrude into the private sphere in every way possible.