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Oklahoma GOP leader suggests eliminating public schools and sending women back to dark ages…

Yesterday, an Ogle Mole sent me a Facebook rant from some lady named Holly Gerrard. It thanked Oklahoma legislators for trying to block Common Core academic standards from Oklahoma schools, which is the newest anti-gubment movement by the tea party.

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Holly’s rant received 64 “likes” and a whole bunch of positive comments. One of them came from Oklahoma politico wannabe Pam Pollard. She’s the former Vice-Chair of the Oklahoma GOP and currently the President of the Oklahoma Federation of Republican Women. Yes, Oklahoma Federation of Republican Women. Remember that when you check out her bat-shit crazy response to the post above:

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As much as you may want to think Pam’s diatribe was written by a troll looking to make a point through satire, it’s apparently not. A leader within the Oklahoma Republican party seriously suggested we do things like eliminate public schools, keep women out of the workplace so they can cook dinner for their husband, and use the Bible to teach subjects like science, history and geography. For what it’s worth, Putin, Al-Qaeda and the Taliban all think America should embrace those ideas.

In all honesty, Pam’s views are not all that ludicrous if you’re mentally disturbed. I actually agree with some of her points. It would be great to roll back all the progress women have made in the workforce to keep them at home and in the kitchen. It would take us back to the glory days of the past, when only white men ruled the world. And of course we should be using the Bible to teach our kids science and history. As we know, it’s the only textbook that teaches the scientific fact that the earth is 6,000 years old.

Outside of the mentally disturbed part, I’m kidding about all that. Unlike Pam, I made a point through satire.

Can you imagine living in a world where her “idea” is a reality? Would you want your doctor to have received their high school education from Leviticus? I know I wouldn’t. Also, what would we do with all the unemployed teachers, principals, counselors, superintendents, janitors, bus drivers, coaches, teachers aids, and schoolyard bullies. They’d probably have to get jobs as “the help” for wealthy white women who are busy teaching their kids and cooking dinner for their hard-working husband in the grandma house.

Here are some other thoughts:

• Are you familiar with the website LiterallyUnbelievable.org? It posts Facebook comments from people who think The Onion articles are real news. It’s pretty funny. Sally Kern’s even made the list. We should start a similar website for Facebook comments that should actually be The Onion articles. Pollard’s post could be the first entry.

• I would also expect someone like Pam to know the difference between “Capital” and “Capitol.” See, the “capitol” is the building that is falling apart. The “capital” of Oklahoma is Oklahoma City. I went to public schools and even I knew that. And please disregard any typos I may have made, I went to public schools.

• The most important point Pam made is getting our children “kingdom ready.” And by “kingdom ready,” I’m assuming she means Christian, because in her mind, I bet all other religions are bullshit.

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  1. The capital of Oklahoma is “O”.

    Duh.

    Also, her comment was horrifying. If you want to start up that page, I’ll help ya.

  2. I’m not tea party and I do not want common core or anything other untested standardization models in our schools.
    I’m a parent who has had to change math styles between third and fourth grade to Everyday Math with one child, instead of through attrition. It was a nightmare for the teachers, parents, and the children.
    These children knew traditional math and were thrown for a loop and we as parents had no tools to help them. Still, we can get them to the right answers, but if they have to show their work, it’s marked wrong.
    These models need to have our teachers input and our parents input…not the textbook publishers.

    • Remember when it was a positive thing to teach our girls to be strong, independent women who could take care of themselves? If these women think that I’m going to go out and get a man just so I can stay home and cook and clean, they can lick it. If I’m going to give up my independence it’s going to be for a rich man and hired help.

      • That wasn’t intended as a reply to anyone. Sorry, I was distracted looking for a man on Christian MIngle.

    • The “new math” is just the way we count change every day. It’s not rocket science, it’s just presenting basic math in a way that we regularly use it so that some students may find it easier.

      And the common core doesn’t demand it be taught that way either, it’s just another option.

      • If you have seen the CC worksheets that I have, they require many more steps and often simply defy logic. And yes, the teachers are expected to use these approaches because it is how the student(s) will pass the new tests. The “old way” that has worked for decades is unacceptable.

        • You must have a different version of Everyday Math. It’s not complicated, it’s practical. They still carry the one in addition. It’s nothing new.

  3. how is Pam the former vice -chair of the oklahoma gop? shouldn’t she have been home cooking dinner?

      • +3 and I can’t help but notice the hypocrisy of a “conservative” woman telling other women they are supposed to be subservient, home-making baby factories — which would preclude their attainment of positions like, say, former Governor of Alaska or vice-chair of a state association of GOP women). Just putting that out there, apologies for being Cap’n Obvious, but sometimes the picture becomes clearer when it’s spelled out.

  4. This woman’s post terrifies me. I want the opposite of her “ideal life.” What most Repubs don’t acknowledge is that G-dub is the one who introduced No Child Left Behind and all of those fun standardized tests the kids have to take every year. Obama didn’t create this problem (however, if he ended it, I wouldn’t be opposed to that, but I doubt that’s high on his priority list).

  5. REALLY hate to point this out, but it’s LiterallyUnbelievable.org … and your link goes to a “this domain for sale” page, since, well, LiterallyUnbelievable.com is up for grabs.

  6. Wow, that Pam is a real kook! Dinner at 5:30?!! Does she plan on cooking her family a 4th meal at 9?

    In all seriousness, starving and beating down public education is the ultimate goal of uber conservatives. They then say its a failure and want to move to vouchers and school choice and then be able to allow their gifts from God to not be indoctrinated with unnecessary things like knowledge.

  7. Nothing quite inculculates the student with an understanding of physics like helping mom tend the vegetable garden.

  8. So I’m guessing any geography outside of the greater Kingdom of Israel won’t be on the test?
    Woo-hoo! No state capitols! (capitals?)

  9. She is an idiot! But so are most Oklahomans or they wouldn’t support Mattress Mary and her Capitol Buffoons.

  10. She’s right on about the public school system! Billions and billions of our $$ and the results suck!

    • What’s your point? Do away with education?

      Republicans are becoming so anti-intellectual that they are scaring even dim-witted guys like me away from the party.

  11. Pam Pollard is such a reactionary ultracon that I bet she fantasizes about going back in time to olde England and getting on the Mayflower.

    The backward views of her kind of republican are so out-of-touch with modern America they should be called “Oklahoma Amish.”

  12. The point is the current system has been broken for decades! That’s a fact! Solution is to privatize education! Look at the 183 charter schools in NYC vs the other thousand+ public schools and the vast differences in test scores/learning.

    • Kyle study after study show that when comparing apples to apples charter schools fair worse than public schools. Look at the K12 schools here….The CEO drew 16 million in salary over 5 years….(nationwide) but they have a 45% retention rate. If public schools evicted 55% of their students there would be hell to pay.

    • Many of the charter schools in larger cities like NYC are better at turning a profit than turning around education for kids. They exclude people from attending and send children packing before accountability tests. Even with these score-padding tactics, they don’t reliably out-perform the public schools in the area.

      Oklahoma’s charter schools are less insidious, but they do still play by different rules than the traditional public schools. This makes comparisons meaningless.

      All that’s beside the point, though; the main thing to focus on here is the fact that a female political leader with a career apparently thinks a girl should learn to stay home, cook, raise a family, and meet her man’s needs.

  13. Now I’m completely confused. I stalked Ms. Pollard and found the following on her LInkedIn site. I’m not sure if here reply above was wholly honest or just speaking the Christian Right POV:

    “As an accountant with over 25 years experience in the private sector, I am expanding my practice to include political campaign accounting and consulting. The new services include filing state and federal ethics reports, managing checking accounts, generating financial reports as well as performing general campaign consulting.

    As the immediate past OK Republican Party State Vice-Chairman, I gained extensive experience with county and state party committees as well as state and federal PACs. I have handled every facet of financial accounting in the political field and served as Treasurer of several local, state and federal political campaigns, filing ethics reports for over 8 years.

    Using this experience, I have written training manuals for treasurers for the Oklahoma Republican Party as well as the State Federation of Republican Women.

    Along with political financial experience, I specialize in grassroots training and public speaking having taught numerous educational programs for political grassroots called OKGOP-U. As State Credentials Chairman, I developed the current computerized voting systems for state and county conventions.

    My knowledge of analytical voting pattern data has allowed me to be a leader in the Victory Program’s GetOutTheVote efforts statewide and in OK County since 2004. “

    • There are a lot of hypocrites in their ranks– in KS, there was Kay O’Connor, an elected official who wanted to do away with women voting. Or on the national level, Phyllis Schafly, who spent more time lawyering and opposing the ERA than she did raising her kids, if their accounts are to be believed. I’m coming to the conclusion that these people are just performance art.

  14. Since she’s so opposed to modern stuff, why is she using a computer? Maybe she should just write out her idiocies on parchment with her quill and ink and post them in the town square, assuming of course that the ignorant populace can read.

  15. Pam Pollard is plagiarising most of that diatribe from an outfit you can find at http://www.fixthefamily.com. These folks have an especially lovely piece that Mrs. Pollard (I assume she’s Mrs., not Ms.) is apparently fond of detailing the reasons not to send your daughter to college. It’s worse than we thought, read it and weep: They’re everywhere! (Cue music to Jaws)

  16. Thanks to all who choose to selectively point out any negatives they can about charter schools while ignoring their success and the decades of continuing failure of the public system. So all you educational experts let’s hear you tear up home schooling. I know your looking for some fresh meat to chew on.

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