Oh boy! The Republican war on education has made its way to Oklahoma and it is outrageous. In an incredibly asinine move they voted 11 to 4 to ban Advanced Placement history classes for high school students because they believe the classes teach kids only “bad” things about America.
Oklahoma HB 1380, introduced by Rep. Dan Fisher (R-CrazyTown) directed the Board of Education to review AP guidelines and stop funding AP U.S. History classes. He claims that the course teaches “what is bad about America” and fails to teach “American exceptionalism.”
Advanced Placement is a nationally recognized course that allows students to earn college credits while in school. It is run by the College Board and is a completely independent entity. Schools and states are not required to offer it but obviously it is in the best interest of kids who plan on going to college.
John Williamson, representing the College Board, said Fisher’s objections are “mythology and not true.”
When you learn a little more about Fisher you won’t be surprised by his asinine bill at all.
Fisher is an active member of the Black Robe Regiment, a church-to-state group that does not understand the First Amendment. Their website highlights this in the explanation of their purpose:
[The group] is to be a portal for Christians to communicate and network in order to restore the body of Christ to its rightful position of tolerant leadership in all aspects of our government.
Clearly Fisher is not a man that should have any say in how our children are educated.
Teapublicans are always messing with education and they have a very good reason: Keep people uneducated and you can make them do whatever you want.
Republicans want to keep American children stupid because let’s be honest: Only stupid people and rich people vote Republican. Is that harsh? Yes. Is it the truth? Absolutely.
Remember: It is easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled. That is why the right-wing tries so hard to keep our children uneducated. They fear nothing more than a person with the ability to think critically.
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