Oh, those whacky Republicans! And this time, it's the Republicans in Kentucky who've pegged the needle on my “Weird-Shit-O-Meter” this week. Sit on back in that chair of yours and prepare to be entertained by the hilarious antics and bizarre-o statements of these folks.
According to an article written by Linda B. Blackford of the Lexington Herald-Leader which looks to have been republished by the Kansas City Star's online edition, the Republican members of the Interim Joint Committee on Education have executed a rather abrupt “Abouuuut FACE!” on their own law. Check this out:
First, they enact a new Kentucky law in 2009 in which they mandated that the state's educational testing program be tied to national education standards. This was done, it seems, to help Kentucky high school grads be better prepared for the rigors of college-level courses. It requires college-readiness testing, end-of-course exams, and more national norms.
They even hired a company called ACT to help enact education standards and design the new statewide testing program.
Three years later, these same GOP lawmakers are having second thoughts – to the point that they're all now in a terrible tizzy over the new standards to be enacted in Kentucky high schools. These new standards – particularly the Biology standards – are based on ACT's surveys of biology professors nation-wide. The results of these surveys indicate that students must have a thorough knowledge of evolution to do well in college-level biology courses
And the Republican rhetoric which follows is just plain awesome!
See you below the “Fleur de Kos.”