The Montana Family Foundation is obsessed with privatizing Montana’s schools and using your tax dollars to do it. Last session, they tried to force an ALEC boilerplate bill sponsored by Speaker of the House Austin Knudsen to use taxpayer money to subsidize private schools in Montana, but did not succeed. They also control the house eduction committee, which has frightening implications for Montana’s public school classrooms. Just look what happened in Texas when fringe groups got control of school curricula. They required schools to teach about the communist threat, censored the word capitalism and required that “free enterprise” be used instead, and required students to read treatises by political leaders of the confederacy.
If their so-called “school choice” privatization scheme passes, your money could go toward textbooks like these*:
[*When satire flies this close to reality, it must be responsibly labeled as such.]
1. Gluing a purse on your head will not protect you from Satan ladies, but it doesn’t hurt to try. Probably will keep you from speaking out in public, which the bible forbids.
2. The Montana chapter of the TEA Party astroturf group Americans for Prosperity has an author on the payroll. Former executive director and now policy director Joe Ballyeat is the author of “Babylon: The Great City of Revelation,” (from $7.95 used on Amazon.com) which attempts to make the TEA Party case that if Christians don’t get involved in politics, “not only will hell prevail against us, but abortionists and homosexuals and humanists and pornographers and tin-horn TV networks will as well.”
3. I wonder if this screed against birth control, something 85% of women use at some point in their lives, explains how having more children than you can afford in rapid succession is supposed to line up with the GOP dogma of personal responsibility and hatred of government assistance.
4. Perhaps this is what will be taught in the time that used to be filled with science classes.
5. This one probably covers crop circles, United Nations conspiracy theories, and the health benefits of genetically modified organisms and pesticides.
7. The Bible can do pretty much anything, which is very important.
8. Mandatory Federalism Training - will soon be a requirement for all public employees in Montana, thanks to GOP Vice Chair Jennifer Fielder, which is likely based on this ALEC boilerplate bill – and is yet ANOTHER idea Sen. Fielder has copied from her new favorite person, Utah TEA Party state lawmaker Ken Ivory of the land grab debacle. So certainly this indoctrination will also be required of the Family Foundation’s new private school corporations.
9. TEA Party former legislative candidate Tonya Shellnut’s book “Women Power Revolution: Understanding True Feminism” (written like the Ron Paul Revolution graphic) in which she explains how she found that true “feminism” was of the conservative “true femininity” woman hating right-wing traditional role variety.
10. Wherein a good Christian man heartwarmingly colonizes Africans and gets them to farm potatoes, and love Jesus.
For reference, the members of the House Education Committee are:
Laszloffy, Sarah (R) – Ch Rep.Sarah.Laszloffy@mt.gov
Lamm, Debra (R) – VCh Rep.Debra.Lamm@mt.gov
McClafferty, Edie (D) – VCh email@example.com
Bennett, Bryce (D) firstname.lastname@example.org
Essmann, Jeff (R) email@example.com
Funk, Moffie (D) Rep.Moffie.Funk@mt.gov
Greef, Edward (R) firstname.lastname@example.org
Hertz, Greg (R) email@example.com
Kelker, Kathy (D) Rep.Kathy.Kelker@mt.gov
Meyers, G. Bruce (R) Rep.GBruce.Meyers@mt.gov
Monforton, Matthew (R) Rep.Matthew.Monforton@mt.gov
Price, Jean (D) firstname.lastname@example.org
Salomon, Daniel (R) email@example.com
Schwaderer, Nicholas (R) firstname.lastname@example.org
Webber, Susan (D) Rep.Susan.Webber@mt.gov