Monday, September 18, 2006


Planet ID

On Planet ID nothing has consequences. Ignore evidence, no problem. Bend process, why not? Lose focus on priorities. You got a problem with that?

Down here on the ground, things are different, though.

In Michigan, some in the legislature have been trying to figure out how to slip intelligent design into the curriculum.

What's wrong with that? Take a look at this from the South Bend Tribune:
According to William Miller, superintendent of Centreville Public Schools, revising the contents and coverage of a school subject is a serious process that takes time.

"For controversial issues, the process can take up to a year," Miller said. "A tight timetable squeezes us as we try to do what is required by the state and balance that with the values of our community.

"One possible source of controversy is whether evolution, intelligent design and creationism all fall within the ambit of the science curriculum, said Shelli Weisberg, legislative director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan."

At every juncture that this Legislature has looked at science education, they've attempted to put in language that will accommodate the teaching of intelligent design and creationism in science classes," Weisberg said.

Why worry if it takes time to work these things out?
The longer the delay, the more difficult for us to implement the changes in curriculum," said Rusty Stitt, principal of Sturgis High School.

Stitt said that any delay makes it harder for his school to prepare students for the new Michigan Merit Examination, a standardized aptitude test based on recently adopted statewide educational standards.

Yeah, but that's just kid's education, right? Who cares about so much collateral damage when you've got a culture war to fight?


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