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Senator Josh Brecheen

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Last Friday, the Oklahoma Legislature made national news by overwhelmingly rejecting Common Core by passing HB3399. The bill is awaiting Gov. Fallin’s signature. If signed, Oklahoma will become the first state to stand against the federal government through a true repeal of Common Core.
In my closing debate for HB3399 (as the Senate author), I described the problems with the experimental Common Core standards. I then shocked many by reading from the book, The Bluest Eye. This book, which is recommended by Common Core standards to be read by students, contains a pornographic account about the rape of a child as seen through the eyes of the rapist. The author of The Bluest Eye stated to a researcher that she wanted her readers “to feel as though they are a ‘co-conspirator’ with the rapist” and that she “never portrayed the actions as wrong (in the book) in order to show how everyone has their own problems …. to describe the pedophilia, rape, and incest ‘friendly,’ ‘innocent,’ and ‘tender.’”
To get more info on the book, please visit Facebook and search “The Bluest Eye: Sexually Explicit Common Core Materials Exposed.”
You can see a video of my comments about The Bluest Eye on the Senate Floor by going to www.youtube.com and typing in “HB3399.” The book is so graphic I had to filter my reading of it. For the purposes of Senate decorum, I had to spell-out or skip certain words during debate due to the graphic content.
I concluded my Senate floor debate by saying. “It’s miserably graphic… if you don’t vote for this (HB3399)… you are exposing your children and my children to amoral content that is unacceptable. How long are we going to waver between two opinions? 10th amendment? Where we say we run on conservative Christian values? Here’s your chance.”
Parents, think about this …. When one of Common Core’s encouraged text exemplars is so graphic that sharing passages from them would cause this column to be rejected for print and I couldn’t read them on the Senate floor without being gaveled down, how is it acceptable for our tax dollars to make this literature accessible to our children statewide in order to prepare them for the Common Core tests. Where there is smoke there is fire! When an agenda like Common Core (a consortium paid for with $300 million in federal funds) is encouraging children to read material that allows them to get into the mind of a rapist, something is wrong! If it’s this outrageous in the first year or two, just imagine what the suggested books will be in 20 more years of moral decay.
It was important for me to share The Bluest Eye as just a small part of the indoctrination that can be found throughout the Common Core initiative. I encourage you to read Terrence Moore’s “The Story-Killers” about how Common Core opens the flood gates for aligned liberal-slanted curriculum to question our 2nd Amendment rights, our Founding Fathers’ intents and true understanding of freedom and liberty, questioning American Exceptionalism, the faith of the pilgrims, exposure to environmental extremists’ viewpoints, and amoral themes. What we’re doing with Common Core is subjecting our students and teachers to an unsafe environment nationwide. As Abraham Lincoln once said, “The philosophy of the school room in one generation, will be the governing philosophy of the next.
HB3399 is a true repeal of Common Core and enables us to establish high quality standards specifically crafted to the needs of Oklahoma schools by Oklahomans, not out-of-state interest groups. With this bill, we’re pressing the pause button and guaranteeing to teachers that next year they’ll be able to teach the same math and English content they taught this year, until new standards are established in 2016. Those new standards will have to be approved by the Legislature thus bringing representative government into the process to ensure they won’t be a ‘copy and paste’ version of Common Core under a new name.
This legislation also adds one more good cause exemption allowing children to be promoted to the 4th grade even if they score unsatisfactory on the 3rd grade reading test, and this language complements HB2625, the bill I co-authored with Sen. Stanislawski (the principal Senate author). Both HB3399 and HB2625 reflect the requests of parents and educators who have raised valid concerns.
Please join me in encouraging Gov. Fallin to sign HB3399 into law. As the saying goes, “All it takes for evil to flourish is for good people to do nothing.”

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