If you want theater of the absurd, tune into these final hours of the General Assembly. With the exception of the ban on the texting-while-driving bill that passed the House this morning, the rest of the day has been a lot of posturing and establishment of political cred, most notably the bill mandating that Georgia students study the pledge of allegiance to the flag of the United States and the Georgia flag.
Can someone give the legislators the address of the real world? And directions to it?
With all the problems facing this state in education, why they are wasting time on a bill designed to give them bragging rights that they are more patriotic than the next guy?
Has anyone mentioned to them that we are raising class size, laying off teachers and heading over the proverbial cliff? Yet, they are tacking on new, nebulous mandates?
The bill, SB 518, adds the requirement onto an existing mandate that students study federal and state governments and history. This bill already passed the Senate, so it now goes to Gov. Sonny Perdue.
If we are going to teach the history of the pledge and the flag, let’s teach all the politics around both of them. Georgia’s flag history is not a pretty story, although I suspect that’s how legislators want it presented in class.
By the way, if we are going to mandate what Georgia students learn, on the top of my list is reading, writing and arithmetic.