Republican congressional candidate Allen Quist’s ideas about education are anything but conventional: a school curriculum he wrote concludes that humans and dinosaurs likely co-existed, uses the Vikings to disprove global warming, and says God is the source of all law. But on Phyllis Schlafly’s radio program this weekend, Quist’s criticisms were reserved for liberals, who, he says, want to rewrite the Constitution “start to finish” and establish a “worldwide education system” that teaches, among other topics, “global warming nonsense.”
Schlafly and Quist, who’s seeking the Republican nomination to face off with U.S. Rep. Tim Walz in the First Congressional District, railed against education standards that include “internationalism” and favorable views of the United Nations. During the hourlong program, the pair blamed liberals for imposing education standards they see as an attempt to undermine the Constitution in the minds of students.
“It’s so disturbing … these bad liberal ideas,” said Schlafly. “About how they want to rewrite the Constitution. Liberals don’t like the Constitution, really. They would like to rewrite it according to their ideology.”
(It’s not the first time Quist has targeted liberals. In January, he said that terrorism “is not the big battle. The big battle is in D.C. with the radicals” like President Barack Obama and Tim Walz.)
Quist and his organization, Edwatch, say they have the answer to the left-wing agenda: a curriculum of its own. Quist’s curriculum consists of modules called C-Mods, which are “designed to supplement and/or correct current textbooks.” (Quist’s curriculum experience was sought out last year by Texas State Board of Education chair Don McElroy, who wanted him to be on the state’s panel of experts; the rest of the board rejected Quist’s inclusion.)
In Unit Two of Quist’s curriculum,
A discussion question for students:
In a section on “Vikings in Greenland,” Quist makes the case that accepted science on global warming is false, using the Viking expeditions as evidence.
The curriculum says that