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keeping track of the lunacy in Ohio

...can be a tough job since it seems to be cropping up everywhere.

The parent, a Frank Piper, whose daughter is a PV Middle School fifth-grader, is concerned because the district is teaching the “big bang theory” of the creation of the universe and not presenting students with alternatives to Darwin’s theory of evolution.

Um... huh? Darwin? The Big Bang? Biology and Astronomy? What do they have anything to do with one another?

Piper said his daughter is a straight A student and failed her test on the “big bang theory” because she didn’t understand it.

“We’re Christians,” he said. “I couldn’t even help her because I don’t understand it.”

Yeah, well, I don't understand them. I don't see how Darwin and the Big Bang relate. Please explain. How did Darwin's theory of Evolution have anything to do with cosmological theories about the origins of the universe? I mean, Darwin doesn't even explain abiogenesis... but now he's got the Big Bang covered, too. You're right, man. You DON'T understand.

But, since when was that a criteria for what was taught in schools? I couldn't get my mom to help me with math once I started doing fractions. Does that mean she could have asked the school board not to teach me anything else?

Superintendent Jake Rose said the district would look into whether it could teach both views as part of the curriculum.

Both views? Both views of what? That 2 + 2 = 5? Hey, that's my theory.


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Dec. 15th, 2007 05:57 pm (UTC)
Ohio is also the state that no longer teaches novels in English class, at least in my neck of it. This doesn't surprise me. I looked over your journal (was bored, so blog hopped) and it was interesting, so I friended you, hope you don't mind?
Dec. 15th, 2007 06:50 pm (UTC)
Of course I don't mind.

They don't teach novels? You mean I could have gotten out of reading that horrible Old Man and the Sea? :)

I grew up in Concord, OH. I noticed you mentioned NE Ohio. I never thought of the place as being that bad (death threat notwithstanding), especially after living in Indiana and Pittsburgh for a while... but that's more a measure of how bad things are everywhere and not a matter of how good that area is. :)

We are waiting for the storm here, too. My roof leaks from the snow, and they can't fix it until there is a dry, snow-free, rain-free week. I expect to get more ice than snow in the long-run, though. I'm hoping the cable doesn't go out!
Dec. 15th, 2007 07:23 pm (UTC)
Lol, North East Ohio is a strange mix of urban decay and glittering suburbia, at least in my area, which is the greater Cleveland area, so sometimes I feel very mixed about where I live. And the creepy insane-Christian thing (because when I was little, I never remember having to deal with the kinds of things that "Christians" want now and I went to Catholic school) is spreading everywhere. Some one decided at the library I work that since we won't take books from the shelf that they consider offensive and ungodly that they're just going to donate what they call "antidote books". Tis crazy. And yeah, I had a kid come into the library where I work last summer and he checked out a stack of classics and this warmed my little pseudo-librarian heart so I asked him about and found out that they haven't allocated budget to reading novels in high school English classes (at least in Lorain city schools) so the kids are supposed to read the books in their spare time. Go No Child Left Behind! Because you can learn to read by not reading?
Good luck with the storm! I'm hoping it's not as bad as the weather forecasters are predicting although a snow day from work would be nice :).
Dec. 15th, 2007 07:27 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I don't remember it being that bad when I was a kid. Though, I did go to school with one girl who wasn't allowed to listen to modern music because it was Satanic. It was all pretty much a joke.

I have a friend who's working on his MLS at Kent right now. :)
Dec. 15th, 2007 07:33 pm (UTC)
Lol, ah yesh the Satanic Panic. I did a research paper on the media's influencing of middle America's perceptions of multiple personality disorder and Satanic Ritual Abuse. And then I decided psychology wasn't for me because no one listens to the really, really good psychologists, just the ones smarmy enough to get on national television and switched my major.

Hehe, I can't wait for library school. I will be attending Kent soon enough. I was close to graduating but because I switched majors, I have some credits I need to make up. But I think it will be worth it.
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