Dr. Gary Thompson and the Wisconsin Mock Hearing
Today, we got this awesome email from a school student in Wisconsin.
Hello, my name is ___________.
I am a student at _______ High School, in ______ Wisconsin.
I am enrolled in a Government Class. The class is conducting a mock legislative hearing about Common Core.
I have been assigned to play the role of Dr. Gary Thompson during the hearing and would like to ask you some questions about your view on whether the Wisconsin State Legislature should repeal or amend the common core standards.
What is your stance on Common Core? And why?
What brought this about? Last month, Dr. Gary Thompson was invited to Wisconsin to testify in a *real* legislative hearing against Common Core’s behavioral testing and data collection. Near the end of his testimony, a state legislator asked who paid for him to travel there to testify. Gary pulled out and showed them a check he was given to cover his airfare and car rental. This state senator then jumped all over the group that paid for him, as having ties to the John Birch Society. Further compounding his ignorance, the senator and another legislator shortly thereafter, sent out a press release condemning right-wing extremism and paid testimony in their Common Core hearings.
Not one to be cowed, Dr. Thompson (who campaigned for President Obama) fired back a letter demanding the resignation of this state senator. The letter went viral. Here’s a news report:
And here is Gary’s awesome letter calling for this senator’s resignation:
If you want to watch his whole testimony, here you go. Thank you Dr. Thompson for standing up for what’s right.