Congressional Candidate Questions Schools’ Literature Choice

Common Core

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WHNT) – Alabama State Senator Scott Beason, (R) of Gardendale, says claims by former Sen. Joe McCarthy might have been on the mark when it comes to what our children read in school, specifically “The Crucible,” according to our news partners AL.com.

McCarthy made an effort to get rid of communists in an investigation of individuals within the Senate back in the 1950’s. The investigations became such a big deal that fear of communism became known as McCarthyism at the time. Beason draws the same lines between McCarthy’s investigations to the Salem witch hunts. He says specifically that he thinks “The Crucible” is unfit for Alabama high school students because a sidebar in a textbook goes into the parallels between Arthur Millers work and the Red Scare. “The Crucible” is included in the high school literature text book “American Experience 1900 to Present.”

Others join Beason, a candidate for Congress in Alabama’s 6th District, in his fight against Common Core standards for Alabama students. He claims Common Core attempts to infuse students’ minds with socialism. He believes Alabama should follow a curriculum that emphasizes traditional conservative values.

Beason sponsored a bill in the Alabama Legislature that would rearrange the standards for state schools.

“The Crucible” is not the only piece Beason has issues with in the textbook. Naturalist John Muir, poet Randall Jarrell and author Tim O’Brien are also on his list of inappropriate inclusions.

Other supporters of the repeal of Common Core standards claim “To Kill a Mockingbird” is another work that needs to be taken our of Alabama schools’ curriculum, even though Harper Lee is from Monroeville, Ala.

For AL.com’s full story on this, go to: http://blog.al.com/wire/2014/03/mccarthy_was_right_the_crucibl.html

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