The Stupid Party Votes for More Stupidity

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Lawmakers in Wisconsin have advanced legislation that would allow people who dropped out of high school to teach high school classes.

Under the provision, anyone could be officially licensed as a teacher for non-core subjects.

From the Wisconsin Journal Sentinel:

It was proposed by Rep. Mary Czaja (R-Irma). She said she pursued the measure to help rural schools find and retain qualified teachers in hard-to-fill subjects.

But a rural schools leader said that's not what rural schools asked for.

"Heavens no," said Jerry Fiene, executive director of the Wisconsin Rural Schools Alliance. "This totally destroys any licensure requirements that we have in Wisconsin. It's very concerning."

The provisioned was passed by the state legislature's Joint Finance Committee and it will now be considered by the full state House and Senate where it could be approved as it is or amended. It's not clear if there is enough pressure to force an amendment as the provision does appear to have the support of Governor Scott Walker.

As you may recall, Walker is also pushing a massive $300 million cut for the public University of Wisconsin system.

  • bleedingheartliberal6

    Well of course! You must continually find ways to dumb down the electorate (Keep it up Fox News). After all, if you want a permanent working class in this country, educating them would be a huge mistake. Keep them uninformed, poor and politically weak – then you can control them better – you know, kind of like they do in the Middle East.

  • Arthur Croft

    Ron Johnson got his feelings hurt by the Lego movie.
    Typical conservative persecution syndrome.
    Sometimes I wish some of the crap they’re scared of were true.

  • muselet

    At this point, the Rs aren’t even trying to hide their contempt for the very concept of education, are they?


  • farker

    The best quote I heard about this should be the new state Motto. Wisconsin, “breathtaking in its stupidity”!

  • To be fair, you don’t need qualifications to teach creationism, Jesus, and abstinence-only sex ed.

    • JMAshby

      Valid points.

  • Christopher Foxx

    She said she pursued the measure to help rural schools find and retain qualified teachers in hard-to-fill subjects.

    Republican logic: To make sure we find “qualified” teachers, we have to drop all requirements that they have qualifications.

    • linusbern

      The number of responsible gun owners rises every time gun laws are relaxed.

      • Christopher Foxx

        And tax revenues rise when we drop tax rates.