While the collection of crackpots, conspiracy theorists and spiritualists placed by the Republican leadership on the House Education Committee will no doubt spend most of their timing writing toothless resolutions agains the UN-written Common Core and defunding public education, they certainly won’t leave curriculum behind.
AlterNet has a look at one program one that receives the kind of vouchers that House Republicans would like to give religious schools, called Accelerated Christian Education. It’s the ideal kind of program for people who want to destroy critical thinking and actual learning, as the program largely consists of students sitting in cubicles filling out multiple-choice questions about cartoons. Just think how much money the Laszloffy Academy can make with a program like that, and imagine state dollars funding education like this, which argues that the Loch Ness Monster disproves the theory of evolution:
Some scientists speculate that Noah took small or baby dinosaurs on the Ark…. are dinosaurs still alive today? With some recent photographs and testimonies of those who claimed to have seen one, scientists are becoming more convinced of their existence…
Have you heard of the ‘Loch Ness Monster’ in Scotland? ‘Nessie,’ for short, has been recorded on sonar from a small submarine, described by eyewitnesses, and photographed by others. Nessie appears to be a plesiosaur.
Or teaching 14 year old students in simplistic worksheets that the biblical flood of Noah is essential to understanding world history.
When the House Republicans start caterwauling this session about “choice” in education, remember this is the choice they want to foist on Montanan taxpayers: the choice of paying corporations and religious groups to poorly educate our children while we defund our public schools.