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  •  Shall math classes teach numerology, too? (0+ / 0-)

    Shall health classes teach the Four Humors?

    Shall high school chemistry be retooled to find the Philosopher's Stone?

    Shall guest motivational speakers be forced to share "equal time" with a bile-spewer from Westboro?

    We must hold the line — the barbarians are at the gates.

    Time once again to fight cyber-spying! Defeat CISPA!

    by Brown Thrasher on Tue May 07, 2013 at 11:28:18 AM PDT

    •  Yes, they are at the gates (1+ / 0-)
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      Lets beat the crap out of them.  Science gives us the tools.  Lets teach our children to use them.

    •  actually, teaching alchemy and astrology (1+ / 0-)
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      provides many excellent "why doesn't this work" opportunities . . .

      Fake Left, Drive Right . . . not my idea of a Democrat . . .

      by Deward Hastings on Tue May 07, 2013 at 04:37:25 PM PDT

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      •  Reminds me of the Cattywampus... (1+ / 0-)
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        I once heard a story about a science teacher who told a class about the fabulous prehistoric "Cattywampus", a long-lost animal leaving no traces of its existence — with a small feline skull as an example.

        In short, the students took a quiz on it — & all the ones who regurgitated every detail of the story FAILED simply because they bought his deliberately ludicrous story on his authority rather than their own eyes. (After all, if an animal left "no traces", then that skull couldn't have been from one. On top of that, the skull looked like a simple cat skull — which was what it was.)

        While I wouldn't necessarily expect (or recommend) that precise method in all cases, true critical thinking skills are the best gift that a good education can give to a student — & those who doesn't value them are precisely those that want to be able to hand us a Cattywampus.

        Time once again to fight cyber-spying! Defeat CISPA!

        by Brown Thrasher on Tue May 07, 2013 at 06:00:12 PM PDT

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