Friday, February 22, 2013

Which State Legislature is Stupider? Oklahoma or Tennessee?

Posted By on Fri, Feb 22, 2013 at 10:54 AM

In an ironic sort of reverse Darwinism, the Oklahoma state legislature is challenging Tennessee's in the race for the title of the world's stupidest imaginable governing body.
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Mother Jones reports that the Okie state House has sent forward a bill that would allow students in science classes to insist that, say, humans existed with dinosaurs, if that is their religious belief. And the kicker — teachers would not be allowed to penalize them with a bad grade.

From the MJ story: In biology class, public school students can't generally argue that dinosaurs and people ran around Earth at the same time, at least not without risking a big fat F. But that could soon change for kids in Oklahoma: On Tuesday, the Oklahoma Common Education committee is expected to consider a House bill that would forbid teachers from penalizing students who turn in papers attempting to debunk almost universally accepted scientific theories such as biological evolution and anthropogenic (human-driven) climate change.

Where was this theory of education when I was growing up? I could have come up with some pretty awesome religious-based science test answers if I'd only had that option. I believe that rain, for instance, is caused by Jesus weeping — at this kind of crap.

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