Just another day in the midwest. The state of Kansas has launched a new salvo aimed at the feds, saying that the federal government is of the mistaken belief we are not, in fact, a confederacy and that the feds have any say over issues. A pox on those losers, says the state of Kansas, vowing to reject federal science standards.
Topeka — The Kansas Republican Party has adopted a resolution that demands state leaders reject Common Core school standards and prohibit adoption of new science standards.In other words: you plan to force us to teach evolution and not teach that men hunted with dinosaurs Alley Oop style, and we're kind of ticked off about it.
It may not go quite that far, I'm sure there are a great number of people who oppose the adoption of scientific standards in the classroom simply because they fear witchcraft. But, for the others the rejection of the idea of scientific standards seems like a strike back at a government that can't deal with the fact it lost the civil war and should have no say in the day to day workings of any state within the confederacy.
State GOP Chair Kelly Arnold said today there is "a groundswell of people" who are opposing Common Core standards for reading and math, which are going into effect in Kansas and 44 other states.Yes, damn those feds with all their meddling! We should reject them at every turn.
"We feel we lose control over what we are allowed to teach our children here in Kansas," Arnold said.
The resolution approved by the state GOP committee says the Common Core standards "obliterates" state control of language arts and math standards, and represents "an unconstitutional and illegal transfer of power to the federal government and unaccountable private interests." A number of tea-party affiliated groups have targeted Common Core.
In June, the State Board of Education approved the science standards that supporters said would give students a better understanding of science.Stupid feds thinking they can kick religious indoctrination out of school? Didn't they learn anything from the past? Being a Kansan, I'm sure every other Kansan remembers the time the state whipped the feds on that stupid Brown V Board of Education.
The standards were opposed by some because they treat evolution of species as a fact and offer no discussion of religious-based theories such as creationism or intelligent design.
GOP officials also approved resolutions opposing the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, elimination of the income tax, and support of Gov. Sam Brownback's efforts to cut state income tax rates.
Shows them for telling us what to do.
Wait. I received all my diplomas in the state of Kansas.
Please consider some of my commentary above potentially in doubt, there are unfortunately no standards in what we teach here. Don't worry, I'm sure it will lead to our youth finding good high paying jobs in the outside world.