Republican Congressman: Gut Education Funding Because ‘Socrates Trained Plato On A Rock’

Talk about dragging people into the dark ages. While Republicans are up in arms that President Obama mentioned the Crusades, one Republican politician is basing his educational policy off of Greek practices.

In a hearing to reauthorize funding for the nation’s elementary and secondary education, Republican Representative Dave Brat (who famously beat House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in the 2014 primary elections), referenced the life and times of Socrates and Plato to justify gutting education spending:

“Socrates trained Plato in on a rock and then Plato trained in Aristotle roughly speaking on a rock. So, huge funding is not necessary to achieve the greatest minds and the greatest intellects in history.”

The stupid. It burns.

“The greatest thinkers in Western civ [sic] were not products of education policy,” Brat said. Sadly, we cannot achieve this as easily as the Greeks did, because, unfortunately, we cannot all spend every waking hour of our lives studying.

It can’t get much worse, can it? Hint: it does. The key to fund education:

“…would be to get private sector folks into every one of our schools, get the CEOs in the schools and move beyond this just narrow policy debate and really have a revolution.”

Oh that’s a great idea. It’s not like corporate America has ruined many other aspects of our society. And it’s like the CEOs would have an agenda or a product to push, right?

According to Think Progress:

The committee is considering a Republican version of reauthorization that could change the way federal funding is distributed to low-income students living in communities with high concentrations of poverty, or what is known as “portability.” To mitigate the challenges students face who are living in places with a high density of poverty, current law targets $14 billion to schools and school districts based on the number of students living in these communities. The Republican legislation would give states the option to allocate the same amount of federal dollars per poor student whether they live in a high poverty community or not. Under this provision, for example, Los Angeles Unified School District would lose out on more than $75 million while the Beverly Hills Unified School District would gain $140,000.

The bill was passed out of committee on Thursday on a party line vote after it refused to hold a congressional hearing on the legislation. The Senate, however, recently agreed to start over on a bipartisan approach to writing the bill. [Emphasis added]

Thankfully the Senate has virtually given Brat the middle finger and will scrap the House Committee’s version. It seems Brat, who has a PhD, was also trained on a rock.

Watch the utter stupidity here (remarks start at 46:08):