Phil Bryant opposes our current education standards which challenge students to learn new math and reading skills and wants them to be replaced, but he has provided no examples of what he would like to see instead. This is one of those instances of wanting an issue to fight about and campaign on rather than offering a solution. Bryant even admitted there is no agreement between him and his fellow Republicans on what to do, proving once again that they have no idea what they're doing.
By setting Mississippi on the chaotic course he wants, Governor Bryant is hurting Mississippi in the fast-paced competition for better jobs. As a reminder, Mississippi still has one of the highest unemployment rates in the country. It makes no sense to withdraw from the education standards that have been in place for years just to win a political argument while, at the same time, the standards seem to be working fine. If we were to make a flowchart of how Phil Bryant and the Republicans make education policy, it would probably look something like this:
- "We like skools."
- "Wait, we don't want skools doing that."
- Yell about it
- Shrug shoulders
- Demand something
- Offer no solutions
- Pass bills that hurt Mississippi's chances of being competitive in a global economy
- Demand something else when Phil Bryant has another bad idea
- Offer no solutions, again
- Tate Reeves blames Philip Gunn who blames Tate Reeves who blames Phil Bryant
- Teachers and students get caught in the political crossfire
- Somehow declare victory