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Sadly, this is not snark. I apologize to the intelligent people of Texas who see through the Republican party and their willful ignorance, but dear God this is ridiculous. Dear Texas, this is why all of the other states are laughing at you.

The Texas GOP has released their party platform, and holy hell it is a disaster. End social security and give it to Wall Street? Check. Hating us some gays and some sinful women-folk? Check? This kind of stuff I expect from know-nothing Republicans, but opposing the teaching of critical thinking skills in schools?

Who needs critical thinking skills when you have got Fox News and Rush Limbaugh to tell you what to think?

Celebrating stupidity. Or as Bill Maher calls it, "Fuck you, knowing things!"

Just check it out . . .

Knowledge-Based Education – We oppose the teaching of Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS) (values clarification), critical thinking skills and similar programs that are simply a relabeling of Outcome-Based Education (OBE) (mastery learning) which focus on behavior modification and have the purpose of challenging the student’s fixed beliefs and undermining parental authority.
  Now, I am no education expert, so maybe I don't know what kind of ACORN style horror HOTS is, but the crazy doesn't stop there. The Republican Party of Texas supports corporal punishment in schools, or, as it's known in the 21st century, beating children. Thinking critically? That's a paddling.


    Learning about pollution and the effect pollution has on the environment? Is that a paddling too?

Controversial Theories – We support objective teaching and equal treatment of all sides of scientific theories. We believe theories such as life origins and environmental change should be taught as challengeable scientific theories subject to change as new data is produced. Teachers and students should be able to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of these theories openly and without fear of retribution or discrimination of any kind.
  Who needs science? That might be "challenging the student’s fixed beliefs and undermining parental authority" which is otherwise known as "Stupid shit my dad says."

   Apparently, stupid shit my dad says because he heard it on Fox gets to debate facts from reality which is known to have a liberal bias in Texas education. I would joke about comparing sending your kid to school in Texas as a form of child abuse but the idiot Texas GOP one upped me and support some child abuse in their platform! And this is just the education section of the Texas GOP platform.

   More below the fold. Warning. The stupid, it burns, and the goggles, they do nothing.

  As a political nerd I love it when political parties list their platforms, because it is really a big list of what they say they are going to do if they get elected. And when you look at the Texas GOP list of things they want to do you realize these people are fucking nuts.

Affirmative Action - Inasmuch as the Civil Rights Movement argued against using race as a factor in American life, affirmative action reintroduces race as a divisive force in American life. The Republican Party of Texas believes in equal opportunity for all citizens without regard to race or gender. To that end, we oppose affirmative action.
Reparations - We oppose any form of reparation.
  Reparations? Right below Affirmative Action? This is what happens when you celebrate stupidity. Only a party running still running on the Lee Atwater Southern Strategy would even mention reparations. Tipping your hand much, guys?

   Or how about this?

The Republican Party established and will continue to uphold the gold standard and will oppose any measure which will undermine the government’s credit or impair the integrity of our national currency. Relief by currency inflation is unsound in principle and dishonest in results. The dollar is impregnable in the marts of the world today and must remain so. An ailing body cannot be cured by quack remedies. This is no time to experiment upon the body politic or financial.

Source: Republican Party Platform of 1932
June 14, 1932

Bold text added by the writer from 2012
Read this again An ailing body cannot be cured by quack remedies.

Really Texas Republicans? After George W. Bush and Rick Perry, you are quoting 1932 and telling us "An ailing body cannot be cured by quack remedies." You are telling us not to teach critical thinking skills and you are moaning about quack remedies? Bill Maher had an observation, that the Republican base has become so stupid they don't understand their own coded language anymore, and thus the GOP shills have to spell it out for them more because they have been so dumbed down they don't understand nuance anymore. So dear Texas Republicans, let me spell it out for you, you are fucking stupid, Fox News has destroyed your ability to know things, and you have become a caricature of the worst sort of stupid we have in America, Arizona Republicans may have you on racially stupidity, but for the kind of slapstick step on a rake everytime kind of stupidity that consistently makes the other 49 states cringe on a daily basis you meatheads really take the cake. Texas, where all you have to do is put on a cowboy hat and shout YEEHAW in front of a camera and Republicans will vote for you for President. I'm amazed Mitt Romney hasn't done this yet. Of course they don't want to teach students critical thinking skills in Texas, that would ruin the Republican party!

   Texas Republicans are declaring war on critical thinking. It's Un-American because of the constitution and god and stuff. Let's face it, stupid people don't read books, though they may write them sometimes. Stupid people don't write poetry. Stupid people don't challenge authority. Stupid people watch Fox News.

Rant off

(My apologies to sensible people in Texas and around the world who have to suffer these idiots who call themselves Texas Republicans)

The floor is now yours . . . .

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  •  Of COURSE they're against higher order thinking. (21+ / 0-)

    Heaven FORFEND that people THINK FOR THEMSELVES.  They need their sheeple docile stupid and ignorant.  They don't want REALITY to question their pastors' indoctrination.

    "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." --M. L. King "You can't fix stupid" --Ron White -6.00, -5.18

    by zenbassoon on Wed Jun 27, 2012 at 08:53:47 AM PDT

  •  Thats a paddling for crossing them (11+ / 0-)

    No seriously that would be a paddling, part of the platform also includes

    It supports corporal punishment in schools: “Corporal punishment is effective and legal in Texas,” the platform states, adding that teachers and school boards should be given “more authority to deal with disciplinary problems.” Actual research, however, shows that corporal punishment is bad for children and their education. Research shows that corporal punishment is “associated with an increase in delinquency, antisocial behavior, and aggression in children,” according to the American Psychoanalytic Association, which “strongly condemns” the use of such punishment. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that parents and schools use other forms of punishment because “corporal punishment is of limited effectiveness and has potentially deleterious side effects.”
    More here

    --Enlighten the people, generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like spirits at the dawn of day. - Thomas Jefferson--

    by idbecrazyif on Wed Jun 27, 2012 at 08:59:26 AM PDT

  •  Great tweet yesterday (18+ / 0-)

    Re: their education policy that wants to stop critical thinking classes....

    Dear Texas GOP: Republicans in your state think Voodoo Economics works & the Earth is 6k years old. No real need to ban critical thinking.
    — @Wolfrum via web
    I agree.  I read the Republican Platform and it actually made me feel ill.  There's no thinking to be found!

    Reading their platform filled me with terror, knowing  the repubs really are in control.

    Be the change you want to see in the world. -Gandhi

    by DRo on Wed Jun 27, 2012 at 08:59:44 AM PDT

  •  Well, they have a point (10+ / 0-)

    I can trace my own rejection of my parents' religion to my AP history class teaching me about ethnocentrism.  Of course, part of why I trusted knowledge was because the Bible said seek and ye shall find and I am the truth.  Probably why they don't read the Bible in church anymore.

  •  No, that's NOT its purpose: (5+ / 0-)
    have the purpose of challenging the student’s fixed beliefs and undermining parental authority.
    Its purpose is to promote thinking in a way which results in valid, testable results about how the real world works.

    If its outcome is to challenge fixed beliefs and undermine parental authority, then so be it--those beliefs need to change and that authority needs to yield.

    "Ridicule is the only weapon which can be used against unintelligible propositions." - Thomas Jefferson

    by rfall on Wed Jun 27, 2012 at 09:03:21 AM PDT

  •  It already IS, you fools. (15+ / 0-)
    We believe theories such as life origins and environmental change should be taught as challengeable [sic] scientific theories subject to change as new data is produced.
    Science is all about "challenging the theories" and incorporating new data--that's its core strength.

    But you have to have something scientific to challenge it with--"belief" won't do, no matter what authority supports them.

    This is just a modern updating of "we don't want our children taught anything which undermines our fixed, Biblically determined beliefs", dressed up with sciencey language.

    "Ridicule is the only weapon which can be used against unintelligible propositions." - Thomas Jefferson

    by rfall on Wed Jun 27, 2012 at 09:06:41 AM PDT

  •  Oh it burns alright (14+ / 0-)

    and it is spreading like a wildfire through downtown Colorado Springs. I just finished watching a Bullsh#t! episode from 2003 (I believe it was 2003) where they discuss the spread of Creationism in the Georgia state legislature.

    The almost quaint, "look at how crazy these people are but that can't happen here", feel to the entire thing, is really disturbing now. Somewhere in the human psyche is the need to be told what to do, and what to believe.

    People are stupid because we have allowed them to be this way. We have allowed the demagogic neo-birchers and their neo-con media sophist friends to infiltrate our most hallowed institutions (4th estate, public schools, etc) and I don't see how you get them out now that they're entrenched so deeply.

    With unlimited cash and corporate sponsorship they are like a zombie movement that just doesn't stop until all the brains are eaten.

    The only difference between (Mitt) Romney and George W. Bush is that Romney hasn't destroyed the American economy, yet - MoT

    by Herodotus Prime on Wed Jun 27, 2012 at 09:10:08 AM PDT

  •  It LITERALLY burns... (10+ / 0-)

    Colorado is on fire and the only thing the wing nuts can think of is to call up troops from Ft. Carson (sorry, a Mayor or even a Governor doesn't get to call up federal troops) or to use the governments 'weather control satellites'.  I shit you not.

    'Osama Bin Ladien is still dead and GM is still alive' - Joe Biden "Dems kill terrorist. The GOP keeps them around as a boogeyman - so they can continue to steel."

    by RichM on Wed Jun 27, 2012 at 09:17:19 AM PDT

    •  Fortunately, the wingnuts aren't running the fire (3+ / 0-)
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      fighting efforts.  We have hundreds of firefighters on the fires, the highest level of federal attention with aerial tankers, incident commanders, teams from all over the country and they're fighting it with all they have.  

      As for the wingnuts, they don't get to ask if people have paid their subscription to the firefighters (Colorado Springs and Boulder are both threatened and they're opposite ends of the political spectrum) but both are having their fires aggressively fought.

      Two people from my work team are in pre-evacuation areas.  Thinking good thoughts for them.

      •  I have... (1+ / 0-)
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        Some close personal friends in the COS area already evacuated.  One is an associate that I have worked with and worked for.  Her house is in a very beautiful area against the hills, among scrub oak.  I am very worried about her.

        'Osama Bin Ladien is still dead and GM is still alive' - Joe Biden "Dems kill terrorist. The GOP keeps them around as a boogeyman - so they can continue to steel."

        by RichM on Wed Jun 27, 2012 at 11:43:27 AM PDT

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  •  Federal Bill to Abolish School Paddlingin Congress (7+ / 0-)

    Many students hit in the 19 states that still allow corporal punishment have disabilities like Autism. The following 19 US states permit teachers to hit children in their care with wooden boards for gaining obedience: AL, AZ, AR, CO, FL, GA, ID, IN, KS, KY, LA, MS, MO, NC, OK, SC, TN, TX, WY, some state laws do not require parental consent or notification for children to be hit in school!

    Students K-12 are physically punished by school teachers, coaches and administrators hitting them with thick wooden paddles, often injuring students to the point of having to seek emergency medical attention, legally everyday in US Schools in 19 States known as School Corporal Punishment with no safety standards to protect students from excessive force injuries! See graphic brutally violent shocking injuries to students YouTube video Trailer for Documentary “The Board of Education” by Jared Abrams at employees are Immune from criminal/civil charges leaving no legal remedy! Some State Laws, including Florida and Tennessee, do Not require parental consent or notification to inflict Pain as Punishment in school, yet it is Illegal in Schools in Nashville (yet 2/3 of TN Students attend Paddling Schools) and 31 U.S. States!

    Spanking can be sexual abuse

    School Spanking, known as Corporal Punishment, is Discriminatorily applied to boys, minorities, disabled and low-income students.

    Organizations Opposed to Corporal Punishment in Schools

    Sign Petition to End School Corporal Punishment at

    Senior Policy Advisor, Amnesty International ‘Spanking’ Your Child: The World Disagrees

  •  You really need (3+ / 0-)
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    to ask yourself why republicans are still---even----participating in the national political dialogue.

    Here's what's best for the country----

    The sole goal of the gop is to win.............they provide no solutions to anything.

    They lunge for electoral victory------and their thinking skills (?) stop there.

    And their thinking skills stop there.............because that's all there is.

    Every time a republican wins an election-----this is what we're stuck with--

    "It's tough to take republicans seriously when their entire ideology can be explained perfectly by a 13 yr. old and a 14 yr. old."---Bill Maher

    by lyvwyr101 on Wed Jun 27, 2012 at 09:31:08 AM PDT

  •  The difference between a theory & hypothesis (3+ / 0-)

    Leave it to sciencephobes to call creationism/ intelligent design a theory. At best it's a hypothesis but it fails the test via Scientific Method and has no business being taught alongside evolution.

    For all those Texas Republicans that need remedial science about the steps of the Scientific Method, check this out:

    Step 1: Make an observation

    Almost all scientific inquiry begins with an observation that piques curiosity or raises a question. For example, when Charles Darwin (1809-1882) visited the Galapagos Islands (located in the Pacific Ocean, 950 kilometers west of Ecuador), he observed several species of finches, each uniquely adapted to a very specific habitat. In particular, the beaks of the finches were quite variable and seemed to play important roles in how the birds obtained food. These birds captivated Darwin. He wanted to understand the forces that allowed so many different varieties of finch to coexist successfully in such a small geographic area. His observations caused him to wonder, and his wonderment led him to ask a question that could be tested.

    Step 2: Ask a question

    The purpose of the question is to narrow the focus of the inquiry, to identify the problem in specific terms. The question Darwin might have asked after seeing so many different finches was something like this: What caused the diversification of finches on the Galapagos Islands?

    Here are some other scientific questions:

    What causes the roots of a plant to grow downward and the stem to grow upward?
    What brand of mouthwash kills the most germs?
    Which car body shape reduces air resistance most effectively?
    What causes coral bleaching?
    Does green tea reduce the effects of oxidation?
    What type of building material absorbs the most sound?
    Coming up with scientific questions isn't difficult and doesn't require training as a scientist. If you've ever been curious about something, if you've ever wanted to know what caused something to happen, then you've probably already asked a question that could launch a scientific investigation.

    Step 3: Formulate a hypothesis

    The great thing about a question is that it yearns for an answer, and the next step in the scientific method is to suggest a possible answer in the form of a hypothesis. A hypothesis is often defined as an educated guess because it is almost always informed by what you already know about a topic. For example, if you wanted to study the air-resistance problem stated above, you might already have an intuitive sense that a car shaped like a bird would reduce air resistance more effectively than a car shaped like a box. You could use that intuition to help formulate your hypothesis.

    Generally, a hypothesis is stated as an "if … then" statement. In making such a statement, scientists engage in deductive reasoning, which is the opposite of inductive reasoning. Deduction requires movement in logic from the general to the specific. Here's an example: If a car's body profile is related to the amount of air resistance it produces (general statement), then a car designed like the body of a bird will be more aerodynamic and reduce air resistance more than a car designed like a box (specific statement).

    Notice that there are two important qualities about a hypothesis expressed as an "if … then" statement. First, it is testable; an experiment could be set up to test the validity of the statement. Second, it is falsifiable; an experiment could be devised that might reveal that such an idea is not true. If these two qualities are not met, then the question being asked cannot be addressed using the scientific method.

    •  While this is a good summary, (2+ / 0-)
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      dewtx, maybeeso in michigan

      scientists generally prefer to use the word "conjecture" where you use "hypothesis". This is not an absolute distinction, due to the vagaries of human language.

      Some historical examples:

      Newton, in the Principia:

      I have not as yet been able to discover the reason for these properties of gravity from phenomena, and I do not feign hypotheses.
      Napoleon supposedly asked Laplace why he had not mentioned God in his work on the stability of the Solar System.  In the tale Laplace replied, "I had no need of that hypothesis." Historians agree that Laplace did not say that, and did not reject the hypothesis of God's existence, but only the lesser hypothesis of Newton's that God would have to adjust planetary orbits from time to time because he thought that the Solar System would be gravitationally unstable. Laplace showed that it is much more stable over much longer periods than Newton supposed, although it is ultimately chaotic.

      A hypothesis is a grand idea that would explain a great deal if only it were true. Usually, it is considered to be outside the realm of experiment, as in the God hypothesis, although that can change in the case of physical hypotheses such as the caloric hypothesis of heat, since replaced by the atomic theory. There was no way to test the supposed luminiferous ether when the speed of light could not be measured with great precision. Then the Michelson-Morley experiments demolished the hypothesis.

      A theory is not just a conjecture with some supporting experiments. It must include a mathematical model that can be solved, at least approximately, so that it makes testable predictions going well beyond the statement of the principle. Then it must include a closely-reasoned set of predictions testing every detail of the model, together with the experiments that can confirm or refute it. It is particularly essential to ask all of the questions about what could go wrong, and get answers to as many as possible.

      Newton's theory of gravity was for centuries the most accurate and best-tested theory in physics. However, it failed one test, the perihelion of Mercury, and had to be replaced by General Relativity. But GR does not depend only on Mercury. Its second test was the bending of starlight as it passes by the surface of the sun, tested as soon after WW I as an eclipse expedition could be arranged. We are still testing it, as with the recent Gravity Probe B, but now we use it every day in the GPS system to calibrate its orbiting atomic clocks based on orbital velocity (Special Relativity) and altitude (GR).

      Quantum mechanics began with conjectures about black body radiation (emission of individual light quanta, which we now call photons) and the photoelectric effect (absorption of photons), and developed into a full-fledged theory over several decades, culminating in wave mechanics and matrix mechanics, which turned out to be two ways of saying the same thing in quite different-looking mathematical language.

      But we didn't stop there. We have since built the Standard Model, which adds the electroweak and strong forces, and the Higgs boson. Now we have to come to grips with dark matter and dark energy, and try to fit some kind of quantum gravity into a Theory of Everything. Or perhaps go in a different direction, if experiment reveals a useful glitch, like Mercury and the Ultraviolet Catastrophe a century ago.

      Busting the Dog Whistle code.

      by Mokurai on Wed Jun 27, 2012 at 10:33:00 AM PDT

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  •  that's because only the stoopid will follow them.. (2+ / 0-)
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    jfromga, lyvwyr101

    ignorant fucks that they are... I am so tired of this shit.

    "It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment." *Ansel Adams* ."Even if you are on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there."*Will Rogers*

    by Statusquomustgo on Wed Jun 27, 2012 at 09:45:24 AM PDT

    •  So am I. (2+ / 0-)
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      Statusquomustgo, ChemBob

      The gop has nothing of value to even contribute to the political dialogue in this country.

      Why do they even bother?

      What's the point?

      They have no solutions---they provide no alternatives----they are completely unable  solve any problems or deal---in an effective fashion----- with any of our nation's issues....................what IS the point of them even participating?

      And as always with them: worse comes to worse.

      They not only categorically refuse to engage in any critical thinking: now they are barring young people from even being taught the critical thinking skills they need----- in order to function in this world.

      They provide cover for corporations and the wealthy----and other than that what is their actual function as a political entity?

      What solutions to our problems do they offer----or does their thinking stop short?

      Does it begin and end with the fabled Winner's Circle?

      I think it does.

      They expend all their time and energy to win elections.

      After that....................................................................................nothing---because that's as far as their thinking goes.

      Their political machinery is geared toward winning elections----- and that's the only gear that works-that's the only gear they have---that's the sole extent of their contribution to the political dialogue in this country----and if that's it----and it truly is: they might just as well leave the stage.

      They have no contribution to make.

      "It's tough to take republicans seriously when their entire ideology can be explained perfectly by a 13 yr. old and a 14 yr. old."---Bill Maher

      by lyvwyr101 on Wed Jun 27, 2012 at 12:03:02 PM PDT

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      •  and they're rock dumb... wouldn't know a good (1+ / 0-)
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        idea if it hit them in the head... I am so sick to death of
        having to fight the same insane irrational battles
        over and over again I want to scream...

        end of rant....

        "It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment." *Ansel Adams* ."Even if you are on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there."*Will Rogers*

        by Statusquomustgo on Wed Jun 27, 2012 at 01:06:40 PM PDT

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  •  This is a lie... (1+ / 0-)
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    Designed to make them look 'reasonable' :

    Controversial Theories – We support objective teaching and equal treatment of all sides of scientific theories. We believe theories such as life origins and environmental change should be taught as challengeable scientific theories subject to change as new data is produced. Teachers and students should be able to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of these theories openly and without fear of retribution or discrimination of any kind.
    If we are to take this at face value, then that means they would support scientific analysis of the Bible.  It would open that document up to scientific scrutiny.  Or at least, it would mean that other creation theories from other cultures could be discussed.  But that is not what this means.

    'Osama Bin Ladien is still dead and GM is still alive' - Joe Biden "Dems kill terrorist. The GOP keeps them around as a boogeyman - so they can continue to steel."

    by RichM on Wed Jun 27, 2012 at 10:02:44 AM PDT

    •  Actually christian fundamentalism began as a (2+ / 0-)
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      way to prove the bible as scientifically accurate. What is no ofter discussed but is very important is that in the 19th century alongside Darwinism was a school of analysis of the bible in Germany. This Higher Criticism sought to examine the bible in light of scientific and archaeological findings. This school of thought firmly rejected any idea that the bible was literally true and began a theological revolution, one that continues to this day.

      The Fundamentals was a multi-volume work attacking the Higher Criticism. Darwinism was not and is not the only challenge to the fundamentalist belief about the nature of the bible.

  •  its used to be (4+ / 0-)

    that if your were ignorant, you were a little ashamed but at least self aware and you remained quiet.  Now it seems to be the exact opposite, They are ignorant, proud and loud.

    Bad is never good until worse happens

    by dark daze on Wed Jun 27, 2012 at 10:18:03 AM PDT

    •  Are you a Texan? Because (1+ / 0-)
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      you NAILED it.

      And the more ignorant they are, the prouder and louder they are.

      And I'm afraid that the stupid will burn us all before they are thru.

      The smoke from fires on three sides of us filled our air last year.

      WE NEVER FORGET Our Labor Martyrs: a project to honor the men, women and children who lost their lives in Freedom's Cause. For May: Martyrs of the San Diego Free Speech Fight, Spring 1912.

      by JayRaye on Wed Jun 27, 2012 at 01:23:43 PM PDT

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  •  FWIW, My grades improved by a whole letter (2+ / 0-)
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    Moving from western Massachuetts to Dallas in the mid '60s.  Went from B- to A- work.  Pretty sure I didn't get smarter, everyone else got dummer.

    “that our civil rights have no dependence on our religious opinions, any more than our opinions in physics or geometry.” Thomas Jefferson

    by markdd on Wed Jun 27, 2012 at 11:44:34 AM PDT

  •  IIRC they actually opposed critical thinking (4+ / 0-)

    skills because it led to children forming opinions different than those of their parents.

    If you are frightened by the idea that your children won't believe exactly what you do, then oppose critical thinking and support corporal punishment to drive it out.

    In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice; but in practice, there always is a difference. - Yogi Berra En théorie, il n'y a aucune différence entre théorie et pratique, mais en pratique, il y a toujours une différence. - Yogi Berra

    by blue aardvark on Wed Jun 27, 2012 at 11:54:55 AM PDT

  •  The graduation rate map (0+ / 0-)

    is more complex than readers and posters might realize at first glance, MOT.  The lowest graduation rates are in red states, yes, but that does not mean that people in those counties do not value education.  In Texas, where I live, the lowest graduation rate counties on this map are also the most rural and the poorest (west Texas and the Rio Grande Valley).  Looking at other states with which I am familiar, the same is true of the Mississippi River Valley and Appalachia.  These counties are not only poor, but in many cases disproportionately Latino or African-American.

    In short, this is a map of social and economic oppression, MOT, not a map of willful ignorance.  Of course, Republican-run legislatures in these states do little to support, let alone expand and improve, primary and secondary education.  What this map shows is that these misguided policies affect some more than others.

  •  Personally I relish the thought of a real debate. (0+ / 0-)

    Science is too often taught by rote, and teaching-to-the-test makes this worse. A substantial and even-handed debate on the whole Bible vs Science question would be far more dangerous to previous programming than just about anything else they could do in Science class.

    If the bible-thumpers  want to sneak into schools via the back door of "Creationism" it gives us a great excuse for criticism that would otherwise be deemed an "attack on religion".

    **Was (hu)mankind descended solely from Adam-born-of-clay, and his unmarried consort, Eve-born-of-the-rib-of-Adam, some 6000 years ago?

    Students could look at rock strata in Geology, Carbon-14 dating theory in Chemistry/Physics and genetic-drift time-tables in Biology, and so on.The age of ancient artifacts becomes relevant; the way the continents all seem to 'fit' together, is a clue.

    It would actually be an interesting way of integrating many different disciplines into one meta-study ... that would barrel right into a too literal reading of Genesis.

    Now, on the actual issue of whether there may be some divine 'plan' behind the seemingly a-moral effects of evolution, I would leave that part to Religion.

    The role of Science is not to rule on the existence of God, but it can be used to examine any claims that contain physical facts.

    As an example, the claim that "all of Earth species were crowded into Noah's Ark sometime within the last 6000 years" can be examined, and soon rejected ... barring -- of course -- "acts of Magic or Divine Intervention".

  •  I fear for the education (1+ / 0-)
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    of my pre-school age great nephews (2), and niece. If the Texas GOP gets it's way, they are going to be taught absolute nonsense as fact.

    As of right now, I loathe all anti-choice politicians with an intensity greater than the radiation output of a thousand suns. 3.13.12

    by GenuineRisk on Sat Jun 30, 2012 at 08:09:12 PM PDT

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