MO Rep. Lair Adds To #CommonCore Shutuppery List

Missouri Representative Mike Lair has added to the long list of attempts to silence critics of Common Core.

We’ve seen the shutuppery lengths the education elites, legislators and Common Core proponents will go to. Quick recap from the article where I detailed the threatening of parents with Child Protective Services by a PTA official in NY:

First we saw Robert Small, a parent from the Baltimore, Maryland area, physically restrained and later arrested for speaking out at a public forum on Common Core.

Then we had a principal in North Carolina tell a parent to stop talking to other parents about Common Core because they were causing “unrest“.

In Colorado, mom Natalie Adams was given a no trespass order for speaking her mind on Common Core.

Arne Duncan waded into the fray by slamming opponents to the Common Core as “White suburban moms“.

Now we had an education official – from the PTA no less – in New York State threatening a parent with a visit from Child Protective Services for wanting to opt their child out of Common Core and its tests. This is what I call “shutuppery”.


This latest round adds to the pile and ups the ante.  As Dana Loesch notes in her Storify article, “Rep. Mike Lair includes line item request of $8 to cover the cost of tin foil hats for parents who have legitimate criticisms regarding Common Core.” Michelle Malkin also has a must read on Rep. Lair’s antics.

I noted this latest act of shutuppery in today’s Common Core Reads, as chronicled by the Columbia Tribune:

JEFFERSON CITY – The House Appropriations – Education Committee cut deeply today into Gov. Jay Nixon’s proposals for public schools and higher education, slashing his planned increases by more than $200 million.

But committee Chairman Mike Lair, R-Chillicothe, found $8 to address a pressing problem. The money is to be used “for two rolls of high density aluminum to create headgear designed to deflect drone and/or black helicopter mind reading and control technology.”


“If you can’t deal with folks with logic, you use humor,” he said. “This is to stop all the problems from the black helicopters and drones. This is high density foil.”

After Lair’s amendments were approved, Rep. Bryan Spencer, R-Wentzville, sought to restore the language banning the use of federal grants to implement Common Core. His amendment was defeated.

So did you get that? You must be a crazy to think that Common Core is fundamentally flawed. Rep. Lair thinks those criticizing it are a big joke; something to be mocked. Dear Rep. Lair,   THIS IS NOT A JOKE:

Missouri Education Watchdog fired back, including this picture below:

Image via Missouri Ed Watchdog by Glen Dalgleish

Excerpt from Missouri Education Watchdog, emphasis is mine:

The disrespectful labeling of your opposition is a Saul Alinksy tactic to discredit them. It also usually signals that you have no countervailing facts on your side.

Representative Lair likes to trot out his 38 years as a teacher as reason for people to listen to him. But his math skills seem have gotten a little rusty since he entered public office. At a recent study group at the capitol, representatives from the Missouri Coalition Against Common Core presented their facts about common core: its origins (which CCSSI does not dispute); its lack of empirical evidence to support its efficacy; and state statute which should have prohibited their adoption. Lair, who attended this presentation, claimed more experience than the two presenters. He called the presentation a “Glenn Beck” conspiracy-styled report. The presenters had 35 and 33 years experience respectively in education. At most he had a 3 year advantage over the one presenter. However, combined, their experience was almost twice his. In addition, both presenters had advanced degrees beyond his, expertise in teaching children with learning disabilities and career experience developing curriculum and standards which he does not possess.

He also demonstrates typical government inefficiency by recommending $8 for foil that would only cost the thrifty shopper $5.80.

Is it paranoia to be concerned when you ask DESE how they can change the standards if they find them problematic and get essentially no response? They have never been able to supply the process by which the standards will be updated, nor have they supplied an explanation of  how Missouri would even be able to participate in updates of the standards while staying within compliance of our statutes. They can’t, because the standards are copyrighted, the development process is “confidential”, and if the stated goal is to have common standards with other states, then we have zero incentive to even try to change the standards.

The 450+ people at the capitol yesterday aren’t paranoid Rep. Lair. They are upset by having their children trained by the kindergarten standard which says, “With support and guidance from adults, respond to questions and suggestion from peers and add details to strengthen the writing as needed.” Emerging writers are having to wrap their heads around “strengthening” their writing and providing critiques of their peer’s writing. They are also learning to be very concerned about and responsive to the criticism of their peers, at an age when most parents are wisely counseling their children not to worry so much about what other children think or say (remember sticks and stones?).  This is not paranoia Rep Lair. This is cold hard fact.

There’s more. Go read it.

This article was posted in Blog by LadyLiberty1885 - A.P. DIllon on February 21, 2014 at 9:18 am.

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