As we’ve all heard — ad nauseum — Common Core is the devil. Not only is it turning our children into gay Demoncrats, but FOX News’ Tucker Carlson fears that it might cause our children to learn too much. Right-wingers have been desperately fighting to find reasons to hate Common Core, taking any information that comes along — including a satirical web site’s farcical claim that Common Core turned the “first wave of students gay.”
Unsurprisingly, FOX News accidentally allowed the true fear to slip: Kids just might learn a bit too much. During a rant in which Carlson claimed that American teachers assigned less homework because they are lazy union members who want to hide the evil Common core curriculum from otherwise uninformed parents, Carlson moaned that kids are working too hard, and learning a bit too much.
“But is this really about the kids or could it be a move by teachers unions to get teachers to do less work for, of course, the same pay?” Carlson asked Whitney Neal, a former teacher with the Koch-funded Bill of Rights Institute.
“That’s a great suspicion,” Neal agreed. “As much as we don’t want to look at teachers that way as wanting to eliminate the amount of work they have to do, I almost think this is more of a ploy to keep parents out of the classroom, to limit the involvement parents have on what’s going on with teachers. Because if kids aren’t bringing home homework, the parents don’t really know what’s going on.”
“That is exactly right!” Carlson agreed. “It’s a window for me, I think for all parents into what our kids are learning in the classroom. You can see it… So this is a way — another way to disenfranchise parents, you think?”
“With Common Core are standardized testing and all of these things, parents are waking up and saying, ‘You know what, I want to be more involved,’” Neal said.
The pair then moved on to the evils of standardized testing, which they have apparently decided is bad because it forces children to learn “too much.”
“Also, do you think the problem with American schools is kids are just working too hard, they’re just doing too much work, they’re just learning too much?” Carlson asked. “Is that a major problem?”
Neal told Carlson that children are bogged down because teachers are “teaching to a test” to ensure that children are taught everything they are supposed to be taught, which is somehow…bad.
Watch this ridiculous exchange, below: