Wednesday, January 09, 2008



Taylor County, in what must be the darkest reaches of the Florida panhandle, is rapidly staking out its claim as the leading laughingstock in the nation. Its school board has resolved to publicly urge the Florida Department of Education to revise the proposed Sunshine State Standards for Science so that evolution is not presented as fact, but as one of several theories.

Now the county's school superintendent (!) has weighed in:

"I think they could be teaching a lie," Oscar Howard, superintendent of Taylor County Public Schools said of evolution. "There's not a place on me where they took the tail off."
Well, in a way he's right ... it's still there:

The coccyx (pronounced kok-siks) (Latin: os coccygis), commonly referred to as the tailbone, is the final segment of the human vertebral column. Comprising four fused vertebrae (the coccygeal vertebrae) below the sacrum, it is attached to the sacrum by a fibrocartilaginous joint, which permits limited movement between the sacrum and the coccyx.
There may be reason not to abandon hope, all ye who enter Florida:

On the other side, Shawn Greene, 16, and a senior at South Broward High School, said: "It's very scary that these people are allowed to teach. Evolution, although it has been said to be a theory, it is basically been proven. Creationism is a religious concept, an abstract one at that."
And the children shall lead them.

Is there something icky in the water in Taylor County? This stuff gets wearisome after awhile.
A couple of the commenters at Pharyngula knew something of the place. Casey S said:

I've spent a great deal of time in Taylor county and it is very RURAL, I mean like you hear the soundtrack to Deliverance everywhere you go, type of rural. Beautiful area though and great fishing.

More sinisterly, bobalu49 claimed:

My daughter used to teach a special education class in Perry, Florida. You get a lot of special education kids when elementary school children are being sexually abused by their relatives.
Other than that, Taylor County is a nice quiet rural piney woods forest area, but I wouldn't want to live there.

For what it's worth.
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