Saturday, May 19, 2007


The United States of Kansas

They may have lost in Kansas, but that's not about to stop creationists from trying to turn the whole country into the Kansas of their mind.

Kenneth Willard, one of the remaining quartet of anti-science members on the Kansas State Board of Education is running unopposed for "President-Elect" of the National Association of State Boards of Education, a nonprofit organization of state school boards that "works to strengthen state leadership in educational policymaking."

Willard is apparently qualified by his leadership in making Kansas an educational laughing stock (until even Kansans couldn't take it anymore). Having succeeded so well in that endeavor, he now turns his attention to making all of American education a laughing stock.

Isn't red usually for "danger"?

America is fast becoming an educational laughing stock even without the aid of the evolution deniers in the "red" states, though they have certainly been a pernicious influence. America's scientific and mathematical literacy levels are abysmal, which can only lead to disaster in the future as we continue to cede economic hegemony to East Asia and Europe.
Yeah, I agree. But there was a study not too long ago that we were somehow still (very marginally) ahead of the Europeans in scientific literacy. It remains very sad in a "it could so easily be better" way.
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