There is no test for competence before any old yahoo can get elected to congress. Take Al Melvin, a Reagan Republican from Tucson, who recently joined in the vote against implementing the Common Core standards in Arizona. He has a fabulous reason for voting down the standards.
Pressed by Bradley for specifics, Melvin said he understandssome of the reading material is borderline pornographic.And he said the program usesfuzzy math,substituting letters for numbers in some examples.
Holy crap! Math that uses letters? Abomination! I expect to see this become an important issue in the Republican Party platform.
Don’t tell him that the math also uses Arabic numbers, and that algebra comes from an Iranian (well, it was called Persia then) Muslim named Muhammad ibn Mūsā al-Khwārizmī — he’ll die of apoplexy.
These are the people running the country. Fills you with confidence, doesn’t it?