Mark Souder Opposes National Science Standards

Buffoon Award

WE bring you another story about Indiana congressman Mark Souder — an ignoramus, a lunatic, and a fool — whom we previously distinguished by naming him the third winner of the Curmudgeon’s coveted Buffoon Award. The adornment at the head of this post is in recognition of that achievement.

As we said at the time of that award, although there are many contenders in both parties for the title of “biggest fool in congress,” Souder may fairly be said to have earned that distinction. In his own words, spoken in late December of 2008 — “I personally believe that there is no issue more important to our society than intelligent design.” Souder’s uncompromising support of intelligent design creationism makes him the unofficial representative of the neo-theocrats at the Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture (a/k/a the Discoveroids).

We are therefore delighted to present to you, dear reader, some excerpts from National school standards, which appears in the Journal Gazette of Ft. Wayne, Indiana. The bold font was added by us:

The reality behind the No Child Left Behind Act is that it is a massive federal accountability law jury-rigged [sic] to work with 50-plus education programs. To comply with the law, students and schools must demonstrate proficiency in meeting unique state standards.

Why do we care about the No Child Left Behind Act? Let’s read on:

The result? Federal oversight and state standards combine to create a perverse incentive to lower standards. Set the bar high, and more students and schools will fail. Set it low, and more schools will produce the requisite adequate yearly progress. A common set of standards for all schools is the obvious solution, one President Obama’s administration is clearly seeking.

If Obama wants it, it’s probably a bad idea. Besides, if those maniacs in Washington knew anything about the Constitution, they’d realize that education is entirely a state and local affair. We continue:

Rep. Mark Souder, R-3rd, is among those wary of national academic standards. At a House Education and Labor Committee hearing last month, the congressman said he was worried that common standards could lead to a national school curriculum, placing states and school districts in “a straitjacket.”

Ah, Souder — the buffoon — wants to preserve a bit of freedom for his state, but we’re confident that he didn’t arrive at that position by himself. No doubt his creationist puppet masters in Seattle instructed him that a national standard wouldn’t allow creationism in science class. Here’s more:

In an interview, Souder said he understands the appeal of core common standards, but he is concerned that they would lead to political battles over content – evolution and intelligent design, for example.

There it is. He doesn’t want a national standard on those items. If there were, then Indiana couldn’t teach the “theory” of Noah’s Ark in science class.

There’s more about education in the article, and about how things are lining up — for and against national standards. If that issue interests you, click on over to the Journal Gazette and read it all. For us, the only significant news is the position taken by Souder — because that’s the creationist position. In this case, alas, it seems to be constitutionally correct. Each state should run its own show — for better or worse.

In closing, we once again paraphrase Cato the Elder’s famous postscript, which he added to all his speeches in the Roman senate before the Third Punic War: Souder delenda est. Souder must be defeated.

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2 responses to “Mark Souder Opposes National Science Standards

  1. Aren’t there already plenty of “political battles over content”? What’s one more?

  2. Really nice post. I get your point:)