Wednesday, June 04, 2008
The execrable Sally Kerns' latest atrocity is now on the desk of the governor of Oklahoma.
Dustin Hughes, Managing Editor of the Sand Springs Leader gets it right:
Bell bottoms, big giant sunglasses, reality shows, the New Kids on the Block. Things you think you're finished with, for the better, and *BAM* they smack you in the face.
State Rep. Sally Kern's bizarre right-wing agenda is another thing I thought was gone and done. Kern, you'll recall, was the "gays worse than terrorists" person who made national headlines.
Students may express their beliefs about religion in homework, artwork, and other written and oral assignments free from discrimination based on the religious content of their submissions. Homework and classroom assignments shall be judged by ordinary academic standards of substance and relevance and against other legitimate pedagogical concerns identified by the school district. Students shall not be penalized or rewarded on account of the religious content of their work.
After all, if the corn is as high as an elephants eye, you can imagine where the other end is.
Such a standard would only be appropriate, if at all, in a limited number of circumstances, particularly in elementary and secondary education classrooms. Education at these levels necessarily is more about passing on received knowledge and skills than about developing and articulating one's own beliefs. Once an appropriate base level of knowledge and skills has been acquired, then students can critically appraise course content.
Of course, people like Kern blow these incidents all out of proportion and use them to drum up support to pass laws that have no other purpose than to insert Kern's type of religion into public schools to be taught with taxpayer money.