Texas is having its annual textbook controversy over the teaching of evolution and intelligent design and or creationism.
This has been going on for years and it really doesn’t prevent the world from spinning on its axis. But apparently, now that many leftists are no longer alienated from the U.S. because THEIR man is in charge, it’s time to start using a little muscle to straighten things out down there:
“tempting as it is to “let Texas revel in its own ass-backwardness,” it’s best to resist that temptation.
First, Texas is “one of the nation’s biggest buyers of textbooks, and publishers are reluctant to produce different versions of the same material.” Weaker science classes in Texas has far-reaching consequences for students elsewhere.
Second, Texans have elected nutjobs to the State Board of Education, but that’s not a good reason to punish the state’s public school students.
And third, this nonsense really needs to stop as a national phenomenon. Fundamentalists are entitled to their personal beliefs, but these efforts to undermine science education have gone on long enough. The country just can’t afford to tolerate this nonsense anymore — the competitive advantage the United States used to enjoy is vanishing, and conservatives’ anti-science push comes with too high a burden for the country.”
Looks like the Stars and Stripes are flying high over the Washington Monthly building. Cue John Wayne. I guess this means Vermont independence is off the table, right?
Or perhaps we should all say “Hail Science” like they did in one particular episode of South Park or better yet: ”Be Like Us or Else!”
It’s amazing other big states like New York, Florida and California, who would presumably not be opposed to evolution in the textbooks, don’t have the same weight or pull as Texas. If I was a textbook writer, I would simply tell the state to take it or leave it before you could dictate to me what I write. Publish your own books if you want them to say what you believe. And the Monthly answered its own question as it showed that business leaders in Texas will more than likely in the future back candidates for the Board of Education that are more science friendly and that will be that. No interference from Washington is required to resolve this issue.
But don’t tell that to reborn nationalist left concerned about another state’s “ass-backwardness.” Would they like Texas Rangers being sent up North to deal Washington D.C.’s crime problems? Or should we send the U.S. Marines to deal with Iraq governance problems? I think not.
But don’t let the hypocrisy stop you.