We saw this latest ridiculousness out of Florida and had to share it. As we wrote before, this is the sort of thing that much of the unbridled (and unsubstantiated) conspiracy and rumor about common core is based on:
Common Core may not be a well-intentioned set of improved educational standards, as supporters would have you believe, but instead a trojan horse designed to turn every schoolchild in Florida, if not America, gay.
This ominous warning came at an anti-Common Core event in March courtesy of Florida State Rep. Charles Van Zant (R). Speaking at the “Operation Education Conference” in Orlando, Van Zant warned that officials implementing Common Core in Florida are “promoting as hard as they can any youth that is interested in the LGBT agenda.”
Their aim, Van Zant warned, was to “attract every one of your children to become as homosexual as they possibly can.” He then apologized to the crowd for having to be the bearer of bad news. “I really hate to bring you that news,” the Florida Republican said, “but you need to know.”
Thanks to Re. Van Zant, now we know. And now we also know a little bit more about the kind of logic and backing driving common core opposition.
The article helpfully links to some other great examples of hateful or irresponsible conspiracy-mongering which we hadn’t seen before. For instance, here we learn that Common Core is turning the United States into Nazi Germany
And here we have Glenn Beck informing us about how Common Core is “Designed to ‘Train Us to be a Serf State’ Ruled by China and Islam”.
We’ll repeat what we said before: this is the kind of rhetoric that is driving opposition to Common Core, and even if opponents of it here in Montclair say it’s not them, the fact is that it’s the movement that they’ve joined up with – right alongside the Koch Brothers – and it should be rejected here.