Meet Arizona State Senator Al Melvin, a Republican from Tucson. Senator Melvin is 69 years old, has never heard of algebra, and somehow has overcome that bizarre handicap to sit on the Arizona Senate’s Education Committee. He opposes Common Core in part because of its “fuzzy math”:
Sen. Al Melvin, R-Tucson, who championed SB 1310, said he believes the concept of some nationally recognized standards started out as a “pretty admirable pursuit by the private sector and governors.”
“It got hijacked by Washington, by the federal government,” said Melvin, a candidate for governor, and “as a conservative Reagan Republican I’m suspect about the U.S. Department of Education in general, but also any standards that are coming out of that department.”
Melvin’s comments led Sen. David Bradley, D-Tucson, to ask him whether he’s actually read the Common Core standards, which have been adopted by 45 states.
“I’ve been exposed to them,” Melvin responded.
Pressed by Bradley for specifics, Melvin said he understands “some of the reading material is borderline pornographic.” And he said the program uses “fuzzy math,” substituting letters for numbers in some examples.
This makes a lot of sense when you think about it, because of Communism. You see, algebra is just another symptom of the diseased Communist mind, Mandrake. If everybody is equal, why shouldn’t letters be allowed to be numbers? That’s just Logic. When you also understand that the word “algebra” comes from Arabic, well, I think this case just got closed.
Al Melvin, purely by coincidence I’m sure, was also embarrassed by Anderson Cooper last night (though apparently a lot of it didn’t get on the TV, I guess? I didn’t see it, sorry; I was going to watch CNN last night but I decided to regrout our bathroom tiles instead) over Arizona’s gay discrimination bill. In this interview Senator Melvin couldn’t name an instance of someone’s religious freedoms being violated in Arizona even though “religious freedom” is his whole defense of the bill. Then he goes on to declare that there has never been any discrimination by anybody in any part of Arizona, for any reason whatsoever, for Arizona’s entire history. Which seems like an exaggeration? But if he’s right then it’s also a little weird that he’s pushing this bill so much, because if there’s never any discrimination in Arizona then everybody’s religious freedoms should be just fine?
This was Al Melvin’s Wikipedia page as of a short time ago:
Senator Melvin is running for governor, because although he is not the leader Arizona needs, it’s possible that he is the one it deserves.