Common Whore

I suppose any Republican running for office has to eventually confront the Christian Right and try to get them in line for their candidacy. But who can tell the difference between pandering and what the candidate actually thinks? It’s Scott Walker’s turn to reach out to these morons. But he’s such a destructive force as a governor it wouldn’t surprise me if this is how he really thinks about Christian homeschoolers:

When Scott Walker talks about education—whether he’s in the parking lot of Office Products Co. in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, or on stage at Disney World in front of deep-pocketed, business-friendly donors—he mentions home schooling.

“Tonette and I have two sons who both went to public schools and we were blessed that they were great for our family,” the governor emailed. “As governor, my goal is to make sure that everyone’s child has access to a great education. For many, that will mean a traditional public school. For others, it may be a charter or a private or a virtual or a home school environment. I trust parents to make the right choice for their children and I want to help them have as many quality choices as possible.”

He added that he is open to federal and state policy changes “that make it easier for families to home-school their children.”

So basically, Walker likes the idea of a legion of undereducated, non-critical thinkers (future Republicans, I guess). Just see what he’s doing to the colleges in his state. But the homeschool bevy wants more-they want Walker to obliterate basic learning standards like Common Core:

“We have a Republican-controlled legislature,” said Tina Hollenbeck, a home school mom from Green Bay who runs the Homeschool Resource Roadmap curriculum database. “It could be gone. It’s not. On Common Core, he has done absolutely nothing at all.”

“There’s concern about his commitment,” said Shane Vander Hart, an Iowa home school dad who contributes to Truth in American Education and edits the blog Caffeinated Thoughts.

What is it about Common Core that they can’t stand? Do they not understand what it requires? What is in it that is so objectionable? Is it because the monstrous “federal gubbermint” is running it (it’s not)? Here’s a few theories. It’s those issues and more.

It’s just unbelievable. Once upon a time, I used to think that Republicans were just playing political football with extreme right-wing causes like abortion, issues like education and voting rights. I never thought they were serious. But the scales have dropped from my eyes. Anything is on the cutting room table. They’re not just slashing taxes on the rich. They’re readying for the impending culture war. And God knows what that’s going to look like.

Or maybe we know, because we’re smack dab in it.

About The Head Seminarian

I might be the nicest person you'll ever meet, but if you don't believe me, that is because I hate you. I went to war, I went to father, I came, I saw, and it is a mess. I wouldn't have it any other way. Shitty people amuse me, people who act like human volcanoes fascinate me like fine art. Life is beautiful, and it is under attack in a manner heretofore unseen in history. I came to remind you of this, not make it worse. I might be writing a blog. Yes, that's all I am doing, now that I think about it. If you have a bad memory, you will forget this. Even I forget sometimes, so we're cool.

Posted on June 9, 2015, in Fucking Politics and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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