Thursday, March 23, 2006

The Stupidification of America.

I just read an article that is another piece of evidence that if the purveyors of "traditional values" (such as homophobia, theocracy, women as incubators that can cook, and ignorance) become any more dominant in political discourse then we're doomed to another dark age.

Here are a few snippets of the article from the Arkansas Times:
He responded with an e-mail. Teachers at his facility (ed: a science education institution that serves several Arkansas public school districts) are forbidden to use the “e-word” (evolution)
with the kids. They are permitted to use the word “adaptation” but only to refer to a current characteristic of an organism, not as a product of evolutionary change via natural selection. They cannot even use the term “natural selection.” Bob feared that not being able to use evolutionary terms and ideas to answer his students’ questions would lead to reinforcement of their misconceptions.

But Bob’s personal issue was more specific, and the prohibition more insidious. In his words, “I am instructed NOT to use hard numbers when telling kids how old rocks are. I am supposed to say that these rocks are VERY VERY OLD ... but I am NOT to say that these rocks are thought to be about 300 million years old.”

What's next will teachers not be allowed to include the words "spherical" and "Earth" in the same sentence without using "is not" as a modifier?

It's ridiculous that in the twenty-first century people in the world's greatest power are trying to get everyone to adopt sixth century thinking. People, especially the Christian right, often suggest that Muslim extremistism should be rejected because of their attempts to embody an anachronistic ideal.

I would argue that Evangelicals are exactly the same.

-CK

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