An Alabama School Board member is up in arms over the “homosexualist’ agenda of Common Core, the Southeast Sun reports.
Betty Peters made her beliefs clear late last month to the audience of the Coffee County Republican Women about the standards that generally assure children across the country are receiving an equal education. The Sun reports it’s been a local controversy since state education officials voted in 2010 to align reading and math curricula with the national standard.
Peters called Common Core a “federal takeover” that infringes on states’ rights to set their own educational standards, then raised fears about non-existent “homosexualists” and a radical left agenda that have nothing to do with reading and math standards.
“I understand Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi are the three Southern states targeted by the radical, left, homosexualists to change our students’ perspective,” Peters told the audience. “We have gone past gay, lesbian and bisexual and we’re now into gender fluid spectrum.”
She then hinted that the Southern Poverty Law Center, an anti-hate group, is somehow dictating education standards.
“The Southern Poverty Law Center is going to be developing your children or grandchild or neighbors’ children into little social activists for social justice, as they define it, or else transgender stuff,” she said.
Peters proceeded to hand out coloring books with pictures of clothing in them.
“The students are given color crayons and two handouts. The students are supposed to color the photos of the clothes they want to wear,” she told the crowd. “You will notice these are called outfits. I have never asked my son or my husband what ‘outfit’ they are going to wear. This is just crazy. I think all this stuff is mainly written by wacky feminists.”
She said the new way of teaching math is bad because she doesn’t understand it.
“They are not teaching the way we learned and golly, we did pretty well with our old math. We got to the moon, done a lot of medical research, making movies, all sorts of stuff,” she said. “I’ve tried to get it changed and I will continue to try to get it changed because this is something that the parents cannot help their child with.”
Peters admitted her fear mongering about LGBT people actually has nothing to do with Common Core.
“No, it’s not but it is aligned with it and it is allowed to be part of Common Core because it is informational text and teaching tolerance,” she said.
After complaining Common Core, Peters then went into a religious rant.
“As I said when I first campaigned and I’ve said it every time since, we need to get back to the basics: Reading, writing and arithmetic from first grade on,” Peters told the audience. “We need to be teaching the ‘c’ part which is Christian values, not Muslim values, not transgender values. We need to be teaching the old Biblical values… Our nation has gone to Gomorrah and it’s up to us to turn it around.”
Gomorrah is a city that in an Old Testament story was destroyed by God for sin.
“There are enough voters out there who think like we do and we have just got to take our children back,” Peters urged. “Stand up. Don’t be afraid of upsetting the school. The schools cannot exist without students. It’s your responsibility to shield your child and preserve his or her innocence as long as you can.”