Alabama Republican Leader: Adoption of Common Core Will Lead to Indoctrination of Children… Just Like Hitler Wanted

Here’s a lesson in public speaking: Never, ever, ever ask your audience if they “remember the quote by Hitler” to make your point. Unless you’re clearly saying it as a joke, whatever you’re about to say will be used against you.

But that’s what Alabama Federation of Republican Women president Elois Zeanah said to bring up the point that childhood indoctrination would lead to a changed society.

And what is she referring to?

President Obama’s apparent plan to “indoctrinate” children via the adoption of a national set of education standards known as Common Core:

Common Core won’t centralize education decisions. It gets rid of choice and competition. It dictates what children will learn in classrooms. It subjects teachers to groupthink to change their mindset. And it controls children’s minds to change society.

With this introduction, I ask you: How would you like to drop off your children or grandchildren at school knowing that Barack Obama would be their teacher?

Your child or grandchildren won’t be able to escape Common Core materials that are anti-Christian, anti-capitalism, and anti-America. Or that are pro-homosexuality, illegal immigration, unions, environmentalism, gun control, feminism and social justice.

Do you see what’s happening? The Obama administration and progressives have found a way to take away choices from parents and to get rid of competition in education. And to add insult to injury, they’re gonna force us to pay to indoctrinate our own kids.

This is not a novel like 1994. It’s Common Core.

1994.

She said 1994.

This woman railing against the future of education in this country just made reference to the novel 1994.

And you have to believe this woman who fights the idea of indoctrination has no problem whatsoever with Sunday School…

For what it’s worth, Common Core is a voluntary set of standards that, for the most part, would encourage higher-level thinking that’s more applicable to our lives instead of just rote skills and memorizing. There are valid criticisms against it, but I assure you none of them involve the word “indoctrination.”

This diatribe is nothing but a misrepresentation of what Common Core is, what President Obama wants, what our schools need, and how the human brain works.

And that, my friends, is how Zeanah became one of the leaders in the Republican party.

Incidentally, it was just last week when Christian radio host Julie Roys complained that Common Core was a plot by secularists to starve children’s souls because the standards would add more non-fiction reading material to the curriculum.

Silly me, I thought that would be the weirdest right-wing rant against education I heard this month.

Common Core is in no way a Democratic tool to indoctrinate children. In fact, the official website points out “The federal government was NOT involved in the development of the standards.” Instead, teachers, principals, and superintendents helped develop the standards.

Zeanah has no idea what she’s talking about — and it shows. You can watch the full speech here if you need something else to *facepalm* about.

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.


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