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  •  The only way out of this impasse (7+ / 0-)

    before Battleground Texas turns Texas Blue is through Open Educational Resources (OERs), that is, through Free digital learning materials. Free means both no-cost (Free as in beer) and with freedoms for users (Free as in speech) such as the right to make and improvements and republish the results. In practice that means putting these materials under Creative Commons Sharealike (CC-SA) licenses. The reason we can make this work is that computers cost much less than printed textbooks.

    In fact, there are biology textbooks available as OERs under CC-SA, including those from the California Free Digital Textbooks Initiative. CK-12 Foundation offers CK-12 Biology and CK-12 Biology I Honors, both under CC-SA.

    Of course, Creationists have an unbroken track record of losses in court since the Supreme Court ruled against them in Epperson v. Arkansas, which to our national shame was decided only in 1968. But losing to Federal tyranny is a badge of honor to Creationists. Only their declining numbers, as shown in polls over time, give us any hope of turning them back in the court of public opinion, and it will be a while yet.

    I write OERs for Sugar Labs, the software and content partner of One Laptop Per Child, in a program that I manage called Replacing Textbooks. One of our greatest needs, where Kossacks could be of particular help, is a set of Civics OERs for all levels.

    Ceterem censeo, gerrymandra delenda est

    by Mokurai on Wed Jul 31, 2013 at 02:44:29 PM PDT

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