Oklahoma State Senator: It is time to free ourselves from the fear and control of Common Core

Last month, Oklahoma came one step closer to repealing Common Core, with the state legislature voting in overwhelming fashion to support legislation that would repeal the math and reading standards. The House voted 71-18 to reject the Common Core standards. The Senate then passed the bill 31-10 and sent it to Gov. Mary Fallin (R). Two weeks later, the bill still sits on Fallin’s desk. It should be noted Fallin currently serves as chair of the National Governors Association.

Throughout this fight to repeal Common Core, state and local politicians have joined with concerned parents, teachers, and students to raise awareness about the problems with the standards. Oklahoma State Senator Josh Brecheen received attention after he passionately debated Common Core on the floor of the legislature.

After explaining that Common Core is nothing more than a “grand experiment,” Brecheen read an excerpt from Toni Morrison’s novel The Bluest Eye, which contains graphic sexual content. Brecheen was gaveled to silence as he read from the novel, at which point he questioned why this book could be read in Oklahoma schools but on the floor of the legislature.

You can watch Brecheen’s remarks below:

On radio this morning, Brecheen joined Glenn to discuss what comes next in Oklahoma as the people wait to learn the decision of Gov. Fallin.

Brecheen explained he struggled with whether or not he should read the graphic excerpt from the book that deals with the rape of teenage girl. While he didn’t want the reading to distract from his larger point about “the federal overreach that… is behind Common Core,” he ultimately decided it was necessary to share what was being taught in Oklahoma classrooms.

“I thought long and hard about doing that. I asked some people that… I'm in government with to pray with me about whether or not I should do that. I just felt led to do it,” Brecheen said. “I spent a good portion of my debate talking about the issue of federal overreach and the developing inappropriate standards and the chaos in New York, and I went through a plethora of other issues of Common Core. But I think ending on that was trying to say, if there's smoke, there's fire. Don't think that there's not a liberal agenda behind this when this is recommended in the classroom as one of the text exemplars of Common Core.”

Not only did the bill to repeal Common Core pass the House and Senate convincingly, polling shows the people of Oklahoma are also largely in favor of abolishing the standards. As Brecheen explained, however, the media in the state is advocating for Common Core and reporting false information about what will happen if the standards are repealed.

“The two largest newspapers are writing it from the posture of pandering fear of the sky's going to fall if [Fallin] signs this bill into law… We don't lose federal funding,” Brecheen explained. “What they're talking about is, if we lose the waiver, we would lose flexibility – not dollars – flexibility over how we spend $27 million, which, by the way… is less than 1% of our total expenditure on common education in the state… The waiver is about control. And I think Oklahoma, if we will free ourselves from this fear, I think it will encourage and embolden other states to follow suit.”

If you are interested in learning more about Oklahoma’s fight, Brecheen encouraged listeners to visit RightlyConcerned.org and send a note to Gov. Fallin explaining why you are opposed to Common Core. On the site, you can also access the contact information for Fallin’s office.

“Josh, thank you very much,” Glenn concluded. “I appreciate standing up and everybody that is standing up in Oklahoma. You're not alone.”

The current riots and movement to erase America's history are exactly in line with the New York Times' "1619 Project," which argues that America was rotten at its beginning, and that slavery and systemic racism are the roots of everything from capitalism to our lack of universal health care.

On this week's Wednesday night special, Glenn Beck exposed the true intent of the "1619 Project" and its creator, who justifies remaking America into a Marxist society. This clever lie is disguised as history, and it has already infiltrated our schools.

"The '1619 Project' desperately wants to pass itself off as legitimate history, but it totally kneecaps itself by ignoring so much of the American story. There's no mention of any black Americans who succeeded in spite of slavery, due to the free market capitalist system. In the 1619 Project's effort to take down America, black success stories are not allowed. Because they don't fit with the narrative. The role of white Americans in abolishing slavery doesn't fit the narrative either," Glenn said.

"The agenda is not ultimately about history," he added. "It's just yet another vehicle in the fleet now driven by elites in America toward socialism."

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Acclaimed environmentalist and author of "Apocalypse Never" Michael Shellenberger joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to warn us about the true goals and effects of climate alarmism: It's become a "secular religion" that lowers standards of living in developed countries, holds developing countries back, and has environmental progress "exactly wrong."

Michael is a Time "Hero of the Environment," Green Book Award winner, and the founder and president of Environmental Progress. He has been called a "environmental guru," "climate guru," "North America's leading public intellectual on clean energy," and "high priest" of the environmental humanist movement for his writings and TED talks, which have been viewed more than 5 million times. But when Michael penned a stunning article in Forbes saying, "On Behalf of Environmentalists, I Apologize for the Climate Scare", the article was pulled just a few hours later. (Read more here.)

On the show, Micheal talked about how environmental alarmism has overtaken scientific fact, leading to a number of unfortunate consequences. He said one of the problems is that rich nations are blocking poor nations from being able to industrialize. Instead, they are seeking to make poverty sustainable, rather than to make poverty history.

"As a cultural anthropologist, I've been traveling to poorer countries and interviewing small farmers for over 30 years. And, obviously there are a lot of causes why countries are poor, but there's no reason we should be helping them to stay poor," Michael said. "A few years ago, there was a movement to make poverty history ... [but] it got taken over by the climate alarmist movement, which has been focused on depriving poor countries, not just of fossil fuels they need to develop, but also the large hydroelectric dams."

He offered the example of the Congo, one of the poorest countries in the world. The Congo has been denied the resources needed to build large hydroelectric dams, which are absolutely essential to pull people out of poverty. And one of the main groups preventing poor countries from the gaining financing they need to to build dams is based in Berkeley, California — a city that gets its electricity from hydroelectric dams.

"It's just unconscionable ... there are major groups, including the Sierra Club, that support efforts to deprive poor countries of energy. And, honestly, they've taken over the World Bank [which] used to fund the basics of development: roads, electricity, sewage systems, flood control, dams," Micheal said.

"Environmentalism, apocalyptic environmentalism in particular, has become the dominant religion of supposedly secular people in the West. So, you know, it's people at the United Nations. It's people that are in very powerful positions who are trying to impose 'nature's order' on societies," he continued. "And, of course, the problem is that nobody can figure out what nature is, and what it's not. That's not a particular good basis for organizing your economy."

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Dr. Voddie Baucham, Dean of Theology at African Christian University in Lusaka, Zambia, joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to explain why he agrees with Vice President Mike Pence's refusal to say the phrase "Black Lives Matter."

Baucham, who recently drew national attention when his sermon titled "Ethnic Gnosticism" resurfaced online, said the phrase has been trademarked by a dangerous, violent, Marxist movement that doesn't care about black lives except to use them as political pawns.

"We have to separate this movement from the issues," Baucham warned. "I know that [Black Lives Matter] is a phrase that is part of an organization. It is a trademark phrase. And it's a phrase designed to use black people.

"That phrase dehumanizes black people, because it makes them pawns in a game that has nothing whatsoever to do with black people and their dignity. And has everything to do with a divisive agenda that is bigger than black people. That's why I'm not going to use that phrase, because I love black people. I love being black."

Baucham warned that Black Lives Matter -- a radical Marxist movement -- is using black people and communities to push a dangerous and divisive narrative. He encouraged Americans to educate themselves on the organization's agenda and belief statement.

"This movement is dangerous. This movement is vicious. And this movement uses black people," he emphasized. "And so if I'm really concerned about issues in the black community -- and I am -- then I have to refuse, and I have to repudiate that organization. Because they stand against that for which I am advocating."

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