Back in February, Sen. Fair introduced a bill that would block South Carolina from adopting Common Core education standards. The State Board of Education voted to adopt Common Core back in 2010, joining 45 other states who use the standards to prepare students for college and the workplace. But Fair is decidedly against South Carolina schools catching up with other states, and has tried to block Common Core’s implementation in any way possible.
In a committee hearing on the bill, Fair brought in a Bush Administration schools official who called Common Core “the Obamacare of education” — drawing gasps of outrage from the many teachers in the room. Another out-of-state education activist claimed that teachers are trying to brainwash students by teaching them radical subjects like “civics” and “science,” and that Common Core supporters want to create dystopian education factories where nobody can choose their own job.
Seriously. They said that. Read our original story if you don’t believe it.
The Senate quickly killed Fair’s bill after the above mentioned display of wingnuttery by its supporters, but Fair isn’t done. With the Senate debating this year’s appropriations bill over the past week, Fair again tried to insert a budget amendment that would block any state funds from being used to implement Common Core education standards in South Carolina schools.
Luckily, several Republicans joined Senate Democrats in killing Fair’s anti-education measure once again. But if the tenacity of Fair and other tea partiers is any indication, don’t be surprised if Common Core opponents launch yet another attack on education standards before it’s all over.