The Montana Republican Party announced today that it wants to make sweeping changes to education in Montana.
When the party responsible for the “broken, unconstitutional school-funding system had crashed and burned” calls for sweeping changes, be afraid. The changes they’ve pushed for in Montana seem to be more about stoking the roiling paranoia that motivates the right-wing base than anything else.
Montana Republicans have come out vigorously against evolution, public school classrooms, teachers’ bargaining rights, the age of the Earth, student loan programs, and the entire skill of critical thinking.
The last Republican governor in Montana poo-pooed education. The last GOP candidate for Governor backed abolishing the Department of Education altogether. Their candidate for U.S. Senate is listed first among the most anti-science candidates in America.
Montana Republicans even tried formally codifying their disdain for education, attempting to do away with all educational requirements for candidates running for Superintendent of Public Instruction.