Are you annoyed by those pesky Indians and Black folk?

All that whinging and hand wringing about slavery, taking the land from the Indians, and all that stuff is very annoying, especially when the assertion is made that our founding fathers had anything do to with all that. Even though they did. But still, it is very annoying to have the names of those who saw fit to found this nation besmirched by the so called “facts” of “history.”

And that is why the Tennessee Tea Party wants to make it illegal in the Mottoless State of Tennessee to teach the truth. Here’s the wording they propose:

“No portrayal of minority experience in the history which actually occurred shall obscure the experience or contributions of the Founding Fathers, or the majority of citizens, including those who reached positions of leadership.”

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A scientist’s atheism must be declared along side his/her theory if taught in a New Hampshire public school

… if House bill 1148, introduced by Republican Jerry Bergen is passed into law. It is only in the pre-file stage,but it will be taken up in the upcoming 2012 session of the New Hampshire legislature.

Specifically, the bill says: (more…)

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I am fed up with all this talk about education reform. Coming from you.

I am fed up with people’s unending numb-skull suggestions on education reform, and I’m about to offend some people in that regard.

Check your twitter feed, your facebook streams, your other snorking tools over a period of time and you’ll see the occasional comment on either what is wrong with our system of education, or what can be done to fix some problem or another. If you’ve got nothing along these lines in your recent snorking streams, try an experiment: Put up a facebook post, or send out to the twittosphere a tweet that brings up something about the education system. With that bait, you’ll see what is annoying me.
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Should a teacher be sued for describing creationism as “superstitious nonsense”?

Steven Newton has an interesting piece on the case of James Corbett, who was sued for “improper disapproval of religion in violation of the Establishment Clause.

In 2009, a judge considered Corbett’s statements and found only one — that creationism is “superstitious nonsense” — to be an “improper disapproval of religion in violation of the Establishment Clause,” and therefore an infringement of the student’s rights. To the amazement of educators and scientists across the country, the court ruled against Corbett and found this one statement in class to have been unconstitutional.

One issue raised by this case is how far educators should modify class content to anticipate potential offense to the faith of their students.

I feel a chill running up and down my spine. And not in a good way.

Have a look at the original piece.