Friday, January 23, 2009


The Politics of Stupid

Here's a funny quote about the Texas science standards fight:

It's outrageous that our highest elected education officials voted to silence teachers and students in science class," said Jonathan Saenz, a lobbyist for the Free Market Foundation [the Texas affiliate of James Dobson's Focus on the Family]. "Despite being overwhelmed by e-mails and phone calls to keep strengths and weaknesses, the divided State Board of Education ignored constituents and sided with a small group of activists.

Yeah! Only 94% of Texas scientists opposed the "strengths and weaknesses" language. Wadda they know about science, anyway?

This decision shows that science has evolved into a political popularity contest.

Ummm ... Weren't you just mentioning all the e-mails and phone calls the board members were being overwhelmed with in favor of the "strengths and weaknesses" language? If the "small group of activists" prevailed against all that political pressure, doesn't that indicate that political popularity wasn't the deciding factor? Can you manage an entire paragraph without contradicting yourself?

But I do agree with Saenz in a way. The very fact that politicians are even considering changing the standards written by experts in the field of science and education does show that creationists have mustered a lot of political popularity ... to go with their lack of scientific literacy.

The truth has been expelled from the science classroom.

Not quite yet, but I expect creationists will keep on trying.

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