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  •  Be careful what you wish for (8+ / 0-)

    In conservative communities, this would eliminate the last fibers of support for teaching sound science and critical thinking. If Texas had a voucher system, easily half the state would choose right-wing Christian indoctrination factories.

    "The great lie of democracy, its essential paradox, is that democracy is first to be sacrificed when its security is at risk." --Ian McDonald

    by Geenius at Wrok on Wed Jun 04, 2008 at 04:28:43 AM PDT

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    •  The alternative... (0+ / 0-)

      ...is to let that "half of the state" take over the School Board, where (as TeacherKen points out) they can indoctrinate everybody's kids, instead of just their own.

      •  So it's okay to abandon all those kids to lunacy? (2+ / 0-)
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        It's not their fault they got stuck with nutcase parents.

        My password is: "transparency" This is a communal account. Everyone may play, few will win!

        by nanobubble on Wed Jun 04, 2008 at 06:37:01 AM PDT

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        •  This is where we lose Elections (0+ / 0-)

          We cannot go to voters telling them, "Your Texas religion, your bible, your family values, your church, are all wrong. We will force your kids to learn our Manhattan values.  And we will tax you to do it."

          We must be tolerant of other people's values and beliefs.

          •  May we at least point out to parents that (4+ / 0-)

            colleges may not accept their children's science credits and they may be required to take remedial courses so they can get up to speed with the rest of the world.

            Can we further point out that their education will not prepare them for careers in developing scientific and technological areas, but they may have a future in, oh ... goat herding or other Biblically sanctioned employment.

            No wonder we are losing our ability to innovate, with dire consequences for our economic future.

            Happy the man and happy he alone--he who can call today his own ... John Dryden

            by ohiolibrarian on Wed Jun 04, 2008 at 08:54:32 AM PDT

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            •  Yes...that is the way to handle it. (0+ / 0-)

              We need to link education to real-world benefits and consequences and keep it seperate from ideology.

            •  depends where they send them to college (0+ / 0-)

              there are unfortunately enough fundamentalist colleges around.  And if you can imagine this, Bob Jones University is allowed by SC to do teacher training for biology teachers.   Go figure.

              Those who can, do. Those who can do more, TEACH! If impeachment is off the table, so is democracy

              by teacherken on Wed Jun 04, 2008 at 09:21:56 AM PDT

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              •  True, but as I recall, Kansas started backing (0+ / 0-)

                off ID after some higher education institutions expressed concern about admitting graduates from Kansas high schools taught science using the proposed curriculum.

                I doubt that most parents, even in Texas, even folks who consider themselves religious, want their child's higher education options limited to Bob Jones or Liberty or Patrick Henry.

                Happy the man and happy he alone--he who can call today his own ... John Dryden

                by ohiolibrarian on Wed Jun 04, 2008 at 09:38:01 AM PDT

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