An Early Look at Curriculum Revisions from the House Education Committee

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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.

 

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Don Pogreba

Don Pogreba is an eighteen-year teacher of English, former debate coach, and loyal, if often sad, fan of the San Diego Padres and Portland Timbers. He spends far too many hours of his life working at school and on his small business, Big Sky Debate.

His work has appeared in Politico and Rewire.

In the past few years, travel has become a priority, whether it's a road trip to some little town in Montana or a museum of culture in Ísafjörður, Iceland.

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Jeremy Trebas
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Jeremy Trebas

It’s ok pogie, you weren’t taught to think critically either, as evidenced by your simplistic chystal ball overview, without evidence to back up what you say.

dpogreba
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You got me there, you scholar. Although and English teacher would have taught you that sentence contains both a comma splice and a spelling error. You probably would have received an “A” from ACE education, though. Good job!

Greg Strandberg
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Greg Strandberg

I hope some of the state newspapers make the connection between Laszloffy and her Academy. It seems like a conflict of interest. I’d like more on why that experience committee co-chair was passed over in favor of a 23-year-old home-schooled student. Has she ever had any experience in public education in Montana, the very thing she’s supposed to oversee?

Why don’t we just have her oversee our nukes as well? I mean, who needs experience with anything?

dpogreba
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It’s the same logic that has middle-aged men deciding on questions of reproductive health.

tcm3crew
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tcm3crew

“I’d like more on why that experience committee co-chair was passed over in favor of a 23-year-old home-schooled student.” I asked the same question to Steve White, who has long been a champion of homeschooling in Montana. I homeschooled my children for years (they’re now successful public school students), and I do think that homeschooling needs to be an option for families for many reasons. I emailed Steve, concerned that having someone so radical and inexperienced would justifiably cast a negative light on homeschooling. He totally sidestepped the issue, deciding to talk about the damage that term limits have done… Read more »

Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers
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Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers

I have been trying to warn people about these crazy bastards for the last twenty-five years now and no one would believe me. Well, now maybe they will. I know them well, up close and personal so to speak. I began an intensive study of them a looong time ago when I first encountered them trying to sneak creationism into the curriculum. I was the very first teacher in the state to have to deal with this. True story. Back in ’92 in Chester. I have called them christofascsists for a reason, for that is what they are. They have… Read more »

Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers
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Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers

p.s. And here is the Irving Stone book to which I referred. I don’t know what happened to my copy, and now it’s out of print. I think I loaned it our and never got it back. If anyone out there has my copy, please return it and I’ll return some books of yours! It truly is a great read. Darrow’s thoughts on the fundies were quite insightful.

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1142457.Clarence_Darrow_for_the_Defense

Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers
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Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers

One of the best things I’ve ever read on the Fundies. Scary, scary folks!

http://infidels.org/library/modern/madalyn_ohair/fundie.html

Bob Williams
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Bob Williams

Larry, once again global war is part of another problem.

After WWII European protestants favored congregations that had criticized and resisted the Nationalist Nazi’s and “authority” and “Party.”

After WWII, looking back in my glitchy old mind,
seems like more and more USA congregants(not my word)
have been attending congregations often identified with
Party, Authority, and USA national brand imperialism.

Party, authority, imperialism. Currency traders within the Temple.

Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers
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Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers

Good point, Bob. I hope that this incoming session lives up to its promise of unbridled wackiness. I think it’s time to get this shit out in the open, bring it to a head, get the conversation started so to speak. MAKE the inbreds defend their Cracker Jaysus beliefs! Their un-American beliefs! Their anti-democratic values! Put them on the spot. Are they Americans or Taliban? I know that they’re Taliban, but now they must defend it! I hope that they can get Pastord Hairass Slimes outta prison in time so that he can hold forth on killin’ homos again! That… Read more »

Bob Williams
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Bob Williams

I was trying to broaden discussion!
Maybe some common USA male logic from reproductive rights,
to Rights of the Republic,
and on to Rights of Authorities of the Republic
to place their kind of people on the Education Committee.

Anon
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Anon

They teach critical thinking skills in public schools? Private schools? Religious schools? Home schools? I heard rumors of such things going on in the 1950’s, but not since. I know that every teacher swears up and down they do, but since they have’t a clue what is involved (Pogie), it’s just vapor.

l
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l

You’re a moron. Spent much time in the classroom didja, cupcake? Where? In your local xtian madrassa? Not good enough. You’ve got nuthin’ and it shows. Now, put up or shut up! Where did you teach, cupcake? I’ll be glad to inform you of where I taught. My students did indeed learn critical thinking skills. Just ask them, for now they are doctors, lawyers, artists, musicians, priests, nuns, and teachers. What have YOUR students accomplished, cupcake? I’ll proved names, will you??? I thought not.

Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers
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Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers

Oops. Should read “provide” names. I get so angry at bullshit pretenders that I can’t type.

cyrellysg
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cyrellysg

I most certainly do hope they write a resolution against the UN Common Core. Nor would it hurt my personal sentiments if they defunded public education. What I’ve seen produced by public education is horrifying. Your depiction of private education materials is heavily biased. Private education and homeschooling curriculums are not monolithic as you have implied for readers here. There are many excellent curriculums out there, with some of them specifically Christian oriented, and others neutral. I’m a homeschooling parent of five. We utilize classical curriculum content that any accredited four year university would be impressed to discover still in… Read more »

Janet Goodell
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Janet Goodell

The education you have provided your children is admirable and beyond. However, it is probably not typical of homeschooling. You are right that it is not typical of public education either. You say homeschooling is not monolithic. Well, neither are public schools. The common core actually demands that teachers encourage critical thinking. I am a science teacher and I love it when students ask questions that require in-depth thinking. I don’t always know the answers but I try to steer them into thinking about how they might find the answer for themselves.

Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers
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Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers

Sorry, hown skuul mom, but no more free passes. Here’s what you said: “What I’ve seen produced by public education is horrifying.” Yes, that’s your claim. Now, care to back that up with some facts? For I simply think that you’re makin’ stuff up here. Some call it lying! (maybe the old condom on a hotdog was what traumatized you!) You have greatly disadvantaged your kids by you being their only “teacher”. And that’s just real sad. I consider that to be child abuse! It’s the height of arrogance to think that you and you alone are qualified enough to… Read more »

kraljanon
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kraljanon

One thing we know about Pogie: He will ban, censor, hide … A coward dies a thousand deaths.

Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers
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Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers

That’s it?! Half a quote? Too funny. What does that indicate, half a brain? Not sure. But for the record, the entire quote is, “A coward dies a thousand times before his death, but the valiant taste of death but once”, Julius Caesar. Makes a lot more sense now, doesn’t it? Did you really intend only half the quote? Why? I suspect that you didn’t know what you were doing. Are you really a Shakespearian scholar, or just a flunky? Here’s another one I like: “Shall I be frighted when a mad man stares”?, from the same play. That one… Read more »

Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers
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Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers

Hey, hown skuul mommy, did you show the kiddies THIS?! I thought not, for the TRVHT is just a wee bit too liberal for buybull thumpen kockbred lumpen! I’ll make good agnostic commies outta the little buggers yet, if you just let’em read me!

l
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l

Hey, howm skuul mommy, who is the rightwing jaysus jumpin’ buybull thumpin’ lumpen equivalent of Clarrence Darrow? I really, really, REALLY want to know! And while you’re at it, WHO are the great American inbred rightwing artists, writers, musicians, etc.?! They don’t exist! Did you inform your kiddies of that lil’ fact? The inbred Mark Twain? John Steinbeck?? Ernest Hemmingway? ANY inbred rise to their level of artistic achievement??? (Anyus Rant maybe? hee hee!) I rest my case now. You lose. Better hide the computer before the kiddies see you get your ass handed to you by an agnostic! It… Read more »

Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers
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Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers

And HS mommy, did you show the kiddies THIS little video? And explain to them that J. Edgar tutu wearing gay boy Hoover did everything he could to destroy this great American icon? Didja?? Didja??? Didja??? I thought not. For you see, mommy, you’re a horribly frightened little human being who simply can’t understand all the changes taking place in the world around you. Hence, you must go back to the Holy Buybull, a book written by savage reprobate middle eastern perverts from long ago! Well, the said reality is that this wandering tribe or murderous heathens has NOTHING to… Read more »

tcm3crew
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tcm3crew

Can we please take it easy on the homeschool bashing? I homeschooled for several years, and my kids had an amazing experience. While not all homeschoolers are the same, neither are public school kids. Studies have shown repeatedly that homeschooled children outscore public school children not only on academic standards, but also on psychological tests. That means that as adults, they’re successful *and* happier with their lives. For a detailed, exceptionally articulate on this assertion, I would recommend Family Matters: Why Homeschooling Makes Sense by David Guterson. http://www.powells.com/biblio/7-9780156300001-2 Here is the truth: Public school fails some children and homeschooling fails… Read more »

Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers
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Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers

Yes but………….I’m glad to hear that you gave your home school experience a shining grade. But again, I think you did a disservice to your kids in the sense that you failed to allow the real experts in their respective fields to influence your kids. You see, teachers are amazing people. Most of them that I know are passionate about kids and passionate about the subjects they teach. And that passion is what makes them great teachers. And they come from wide and varied backgrounds. ALL of that gets incorporated into the classroom as well. I’m old. I’ve had many… Read more »

Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers
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Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers

p.s. I’m still waiting for cyrellsg to back up this claim:

“What I’ve seen produced by public education is horrifying.”

For you see, THAT is a common claim among the jaysus jumpin’ Lafloopy crowd. But it’s pura mierda. And this is what we can expect from the Lafloopy crowd of kristyeeans this session, pure wackiness and endless attacks on public education. And this we can’t abide. ALL Montanans who value public ed must show up and be heard on this one.

tcm3crew
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tcm3crew

Larry, I’m not going to reply in detail to your rambling, condescending lecture. Let me just say this: My mother is a retired public school teacher and administrator. I went to public schools until college. My children are now going to public schools. I believe that teachers should be paid a living wage and public schools should be thoroughly funded. I completely understand the benefits of public school from all sides and I absolutely know that choosing homeschooling was exactly right for my family at the time. It’s clear that you don’t know much about homeschooling, so please don’t begin… Read more »

Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers
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Larry Kralj, Environmental Rangers

Rambling??? Really?? Sorry, but I don’t think that I rambled at all. I pretty much explained the situation as is. Sorry that you thought that was condescending, for I didn’t intend it to be. Just ask your mom. NO ONE is a great teacher until they have some real experience under their belts. That’s just life. HEY, I didn’t invent life, so don’t blame me! No one is a good teacher right outta college. It takes years of experience to become a master teacher. Thus, a howm skuul mom will never be a great teacher, period! Just doesn’t work that… Read more »

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LK

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