Re: So What Will They Teach???

phil osborn (
Tue, 17 Aug 1999 18:55:02 PDT

>From: "Timothy Bates" <>
>Subject: Re: So What Will They Teach???
>Date: Fri, 13 Aug 1999 11:27:52 +1000
> > --- Spike Jones <> wrote:
> >> In the 1970s Florida managed to teach so very little
> >> about
> >> evolution in the schools, I knew not one damn thing
> >> about it
> >> (except the ridiculing caricatures) until college,
> >> even tho I
> >> had taken 2 years of the biology/life sciences
> >> courses.
>I think this is actually an inevitable problem with state-sponsored
>education. In part, the Americanisation of creationism is a reflection not
>of their dogmatism, but of their love of freedom from state influence.
>If the only curriculum allowed is one that is universally sanctioned, then
>there is no curriculum. If you refuse to allow people to determine their
>individual curricula, then fights like these are inevitable at the margins.
>Imagine if you were not only banned from teaching extropianism to your
>children, but those children were being taught entropianism. Imagine if you
>thought that extropy and reading Neal Stephenson and not Harper Lee was
>critical to their success in life. Imagine ... oh gee: that is exactly the
>case - hmmm . better start a court case ;-)

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