Thursday, April 27, 2006

Thou shall read the bible

Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue has made my nutballs list. According to Sarah Childress of Newsweek, Georgia plans to teach the Good Book in schools . Governor Perdue signed a bill allowing the teaching of Bible classes in public high schools last week. Didn’t he learn from Kitzmiller? Religion does not belong in our public schools. Hiding ID and Christian philosophy inside a Bible Literacy Project textbook titled “The Bible and Its Influences” and then teaching it to our children is dishonest and an abuse of authority. Teach our children science. Prepare our children for college. Don’t dumb them down with religious views.

This smells like bible school at public school. Teach the bible in Sunday school. Keep religion out of the public school system. It makes sense. Our children need to learn about how to learn, not what to believe. Science teaches how to learn. Parents teach what to believe

A line from the article – “We simply have to teach ‘This is what happened – make your own judgments’,” sends the real message that Christian zealots intend for our children. Christians want an opportunity to teach our child about their religious beliefs so that our children can determine if they wants to become a Christian. Great – does they get to learn about Islam, Buddhism, and Wicca too? I ask, does this metaphysical indoctrination program really belong in our schools? Oh hell no.

I predict a crushing defeat three years and 10 million dollars into the future. And… a 10% drop in George’s SAT scores.

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4 comments:

Johnny Crow said...

They should have Philosophy/Religion Class where it takes a clinical view at such things (like college) and they should also have a Critical thinking course at high school, maybe then everyone wont be so fucking retarded.

rg said...

"Our children need to learn about how to learn, not what to believe. Science teaches how to learn. Parents teach what to believe."

Really? Does this mean that things taught in public school must be entirely objective? Should schools teach any value judgements? Can schools teach that cheating is wrong and hard work and doing your best is good? Are those beliefs? Where do you draw the line?

"Teach our children science. Prepare our children for college. Don’t dumb them down with religious views."

One two three four that's what tautologies are for!

rg said...

And then I see something like this:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1579246141/002-1171487-8365660?v=glance&n=283155

And I utterly despair.

rg said...

This may work better:

http://tinyurl.com/mp5h5