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Thu Mar 22, 2012, 06:17 PM

News from the Idiocracy: "Science" education in Tennessee


http://grist.org/list/tennessee-passes-anti-climate-anti-evolution-education-bill/



from Grist:


Good news for people who donít know shit about dick: You can now teach science in Tennessee! The state legislature has passed a bill saying that if ďscienceĒ ďteachersĒ donít personally believe in evolution or climate change, theyíre free to represent them to students as kooky conjecture. Because forcing teachers to teach science is a form of fascism! Or socialism! I donít know the difference, I took political science in Tennessee.

Itís possible that Tennessee legislators, who to be fair did take math in Tennessee, got confused and thought it was 1912, 13 years before the Scopes Trial in that very same state started the process of undermining laws against teaching evolution. Or maybe Tennessee is finally chafing under the yoke of science, and rebelling against the obligation to live in the same reality as the rest of us. If itís the latter, Iím hoping for some very entertaining new laws as the legislators continue to snap. Next on the docket in Tennessee:

* Biology teachers who donít believe in premarital sex are free to teach students that animals have tiny but elegant weddings before they breed.

* History teachers with elaborate conspiracy theories may spend up to 12 weeks of the semester doing nothing but screening the Zapruder film over and over and chain-smoking.

* Writing teachers may opt for phonetic spelling, and are not required to mention the existence of socialist tome The Dictionary.

* Literature teachers are free to teach that Shakespeare was actually Francis Bacon. Ha ha, just kidding! Who the hell are THOSE guys?




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Response to marmar (Original post)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 07:24 PM

1. * Biology teachers who donít believe in premarital sex are free to teach students that animals have

tiny but elegant weddings before they breed. "

*** snort ***

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Thu Mar 22, 2012, 07:27 PM

2. In the land of the damned with a 95 and above

percentile NATIONWIDE student: he's already been taught science by his Mom and all the reasonable teachers he's had.

I can't wait for my son, from Tennessee (you know, like Al Gore Jr.), to make it big in whatever he's going to do so I can come back to DU and tell y'all that we're not all stupid hicks!

FWIW, I don't know any science teachers in my city who would do this. I'm sure there are, but they won't be teaching MY son. I'll yank him from that honors class (all his classes are honors) so fast his principal's head would spin.

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Response to marmar (Original post)

Thu Mar 22, 2012, 07:41 PM

3. It should go further

Math teachers should be allowed to teach that trying to divide by zero is the same as abortion.

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