Saturday, August 12, 2006


Evil Thoughts

There is more to be learned about the campaign for the Ohio Board of Education that I touched on before. The main focus is on the anticipated match up between one incumbent, Deborah Owens Fink, and Tom Sawyer.

Ms, Fink was one of the leaders of the faction of Board members that first sought to overtly inject Intelligent Design into the state's public schools but then settled for the "critical analysis" ploy to disingenuously cast doubt on the science of evolution and get ID in through the back door.

But, as noted here:

In February, the board voted 11-4 to delete a state standard and corresponding lesson plan that encouraged students to seek evidence for and against evolution. Critics said the lesson echoed arguments from proponents of intelligent design. ...

The board's decision came after a federal judge in December banned a local school board in Dover, Pa., from teaching intelligent design alongside evolution in high school biology classes because it would violate the separation of church and state. The judge called intelligent design religion masquerading as science.
Ms. Fink, in a fine display of solidarity with our evolutionary cousins above, is purportedly at a loss as to why anyone would still care about that:

"They got what they wanted," said Owens Fink, who voted to keep the standard. "I don't understand why they are even engaged on the topic. Ohio isn't Kansas."

Perhaps it is the fact that, in what cynics might construe as an attempt to circumvent the Constitutional arguments raised by Judge Jones in the Dover decision, similar language has been recently raised in the Board:

Owens Fink said she supported altering the state standards to require students to critically analyze more aspects of science, such as physics and chemistry, rather than singling out evolution.

Having failed to specifically damage the teaching of evolution in Ohio schools, Ms. Fink's solution is to broaden her aim and damage even more of the curriculum, just as long as she can take evolution education down with it. Her family had better hope she never decides that the living room wallpaper is ugly, because she is likely to have the house torn down if she does.

There is another reason to work to oust this woman from a position of responsibility for the education of children. As noted in this article:

Sawyer has been drafted to run by a group called Help Ohio Public Education, whose 13-member board is weighted with scientists primarily from Case Western Reserve University and Ohio State University. One board member is the Rev. George Poyne of the Vatican Observatory in Rome.

While I certainly wouldn't expect her to be in love with her opponents, her reaction says a lot about her:

I find it odd that (Sawyer) would run at the behest of radical, liberal scientists from Cleveland.

I can see why she is upset with the idea of university professors of science having the gall to butt into public school science education, but her prejudice against Clevelandites is beyond the pale.

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