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Arizona State Senate scared of both gays and letters in math

No, no, see, they can't just stop at saying gays aren't worthy of business transactions. Now they say letters aren't worthy of being in math.

Right around the same time the Legislature as a whole was voting in favor of adding gays to the list of people who can be legally discriminated against in Arizona, the Republicans in the state Senate's education committee voted 6-3 (surprise, a party line vote) to eliminate Common Core standards in the state's secondary educational system.


Now, why would anyone want to not take part in what amounts to target goals of what students should be able to do in math and language arts? Take it away, GOP Senator Al Melvin!

“It got hijacked by Washington, by the federal government,” said Melvin, a candidate for governor, and “as a conservative Reagan Republican I’m suspect about the U.S. Department of Education in general, but also any standards that are coming out of that department.”

So, it's not any argument against the actual standards. But since Reagan talked about getting rid of the Department of Ed, they obviously can't do anything right, ever.

Oh, but don't worry, it gets better (emphasis is mine):

David Bradley, D-Tucson, to ask him whether he’s actually read the Common Core standards, which have been adopted by 45 states.

“I’ve been exposed to them,” Melvin responded.

Pressed by Bradley for specifics, Melvin said he understands “some of the reading material is borderline pornographic.” And he said the program uses “fuzzy math,” substituting letters for numbers in some examples.


Congratulations, Pythagoras! That theorem you came up with to determine the lengths of the sides of a right triangle? It's fuzzy in Arizona, because a, b and c cannot ever be used in math. But on the bright side, the other 49 states are still cool with it. For the moment.

It's important to note here: Melvin is on the education committee, whose job it is to review and/or pass laws related to the education and learning happening in the state of Arizona and could not even be fucking bothered to give Common Core standards a thorough reading before crafting a bill to get rid of him because the Spirit of The Gipper commanded him to do so. Then nothing about that stopped five other Republicans from agreeing with him.


The state's Chamber of Commerce warned them doing this would be a terrible idea, the spokesman for Greater Phoenix's Chamber said doing this would made Arizona high school graduates "unemployable", but they still did it anyway, because seeing an eighth-grader holding a geometry textbook with it's letters and squiggly lines apparently puts the Arizona GOP into a widespread panic. The only thing that would make it worse is if that kid was Hispanic or a boy wearing pink.

This now will be moving on to a full Senate vote, where it will hopefully die a painful death. But since this is the Arizona Legislature we're talking about, breath-holding is not recommended.


Your move, Florida lawmakers.

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