Betty Peters sits on the Alabama State Board of Education… which is frightening since she believes modern education is some sort of liberal conspiracy.
Like the coloring books that expose kids to “transgender stuff”:
“This is part of teaching tolerance for transgenderism to four to eight year olds,” Peters said. “The students are given color crayons and two handouts. They students are supposed to color the photos of the clothes they want to wear.
“You will notice these are called outfits,” Peters said. “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 whacky feminists.
Just because her vocabulary is limited doesn’t mean kids can’t learn that outfit just means “whatever clothes you decide to wear.”
Peters doesn’t understand math, either:
Peters also distributed a handout with a Common Core math problem on it. “It’s one example of what I call stupid ways to do math,” Peters said. “It’s called counting up. 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.
“We” didn’t do well at all. Some people learned the right way to think and they’re the ones who worked at NASA and conducted great research. Most of the people who learned algorithms eventually forgot them, and they’re just like Peters, complaining about methods they don’t understand because it might require them to think a little differently.
Her solution is to go back to the “basics”:
“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 said. “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.
Like genocide, Creationism, and hellfire? I’ll take the “transgender value” of acceptance over that nonsense anytime.
Peters gave this speech at a meeting of the Coffee County Republican Women a couple of weeks ago. And when you bring together Republicans from Alabama, you know the critical thinking goes out the window. She also made headlines a couple of years ago when she wanted to remove a Toni Morrison novel from the curriculum, calling it pornographic. (As if the Bible isn’t full of sex…)
West Honeycutt, a spokesperson for Equality Alabama, has an excellent rebuttal to everything Peters said and I’d encourage you to read it.
(Image via Alabama State Board of Education. Thanks to Jaynee for the link)