Oklahoma is Just Raising Questions in the Classroom

By which I mean, questioning the foundation of several centuries worth of scientific inquiry by providing students with the option of a “Build Your Own Bullshit” Bar at the old studiatorium we used to consider a classroom.

Here’s the gist:

In biology class, public school students can’t generally argue that dinosaurs and people ran around Earth at the same time, at least not without risking a big fat F. But that could soon change for kids in Oklahoma: On Tuesday, the Oklahoma Common Education committee is expected to consider a House bill that would forbid teachers from penalizing students who turn in papers attempting to debunk almost universally accepted scientific theories such as biological evolution and anthropogenic (human-driven) climate change.

Gus Blackwell, the Republican state representative who introduced the bill, insists that his legislation has nothing to do with religion; it simply encourages scientific exploration. “I proposed this bill because there are teachers and students who may be afraid of going against what they see in their textbooks,” says Blackwell, who previously spent 20 years working for the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma. “A student has the freedom to write a paper that points out that highly complex life may not be explained by chance mutations.”

HB 1674 is the latest in an ongoing series of “academic freedom” bills aimed at watering down the teaching of science on highly charged topics. Instead of requiring that teachers and textbooks include creationism—see the bill proposed by Missouri state Rep. Rick Brattin—HB 1674’scrafters say it merely encourages teachers and students to question, as the bill puts it, the “scientific strengths and scientific weaknesses” of topics that “cause controversy,” including “biological evolution, the chemical origins of life, global warming, and human cloning.”

If someone wants their kid to be a nice little coddled egg or shit-fed mushroom, why is it so difficult to just homeschool the little larva without trying to impose one’s vast ignorance on everyone else’s brat? I mean, really! Making up stuff as you go along is to science as drinking cleaning fluids found under mother’s sink is to eating. In other words—that’s just wrong, son. The freeedom to write a paper claiming that the earth is held up by an infinite number of turtles is the freedom to step out in traffic—just because you can, doesn’t make it right. To understand science is to be able to ably defend your propostition because it has been tested and you understand what the tests meant and what the results meant. Parroting back the bullshit you were raised with is no more science than a dog shaking hands means that the canine in question is attempting to introduce itself into human society—except that a dog, at least, might expect a treat. Or petting. But a child who parrots nonsense and expects an A for failing to be educated isn’t introducing hirself to science. That child is rejecting it. And is no more educated than a child who rejects spelling or claims 2x2=a million.

Making bullshit a law doesn’t make it anything more than bullshit. They might as well call ice cream a vegetable.

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Posted by Vixen Strangely on 02/24/13 at 01:00 AM • Permalink

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For those amateur historians who like to worry about the reappearance of totalitarian precursors to things like the Holocaust, this should be way up at the top of the list.

But it wont be, because . . . JESUS!!

Right-wing anti-science (intelligent design, climate change denialism) works hand-in-hand with historical revisionism to indoctrinate and further political goals. It performs the job of weakening public education (which some would like to do away with altogether) and fostering distrust of the scientific establishment to discredit environmentalism—insinuating that scientists are making up global warming, if I understand the fight against the “green dragon”, because they are godless communists. And this is very useful to ALEC and other pollution-supporters.

why is it so difficult to just homeschool the little larva without trying to impose one’s vast ignorance on everyone else’s brat?

Because TAXPAYER DOLLARZ are going to spread all that communism around whether they homeschool or not. Plus, what Vixen and Bette said.

No, no, let them submit their papers challenging accepted scientific fact—with the proviso that they have to prove their point, not just assert it.  When they fail to do so, flunk the little shits and let them deal with the consequences. 

Their parents and other ignoramuses will then protest that merely having the opinion (which, to them, is revealed fact, of course) should be enough.  Say to them, “In church, it is enough.  This is school.  They have to present coherent proof.  Do they want another chance?  Fine.”

Let them then labor away at trying to prove the initial point as the class moves on to the next unit.  The student will fail to prove the first thesis, fall behind on the second, and so on.  For religious freedom!

Unfortunately in the parts we’re talkin’ about here they would all fail to prove their theses.  First, second, third, ad infinitum.  But the teachers would see that as a win and award them “A’s”. 

There is some group here in town that takes relijus young ‘uns to the Museum of Science and History here in Denver (a pretty damn good one too) and makes a point of having the kids laugh and jeer at the scientific exhibits.  These people actually revel in being ignorant.  It’s what Jebus wanted apparently.

I think the best response to this sort of ratfuckery is to make sure that a diploma from an Oklahoma high school is worthless in other parts of the country.  If even the upper class students find that they can’t get into universities outside the state, their parents will nip this garbage in the bud.

The problem with that is that it would penalize students who actually wish to learn about the universe.  Every single “conservative” policy has collateral damage.  EVERY SINGLE ONE

Every single “conservative” policy has collateral damage.

Is it still collateral damage when the damage is the point of the exercise?

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