Re: textbooks

Steven Schimmrich (schimmrich@earthlink.net)
Tue, 02 Dec 1997 07:33:06 -0500

At 12:24 AM 12/2/97 -0600, Bill Payne wrote, in part, that:

>During the textbook adoption process, the Univ. of South Alabama did a
>survey and found that 63% of Alabamians believe "God created man pretty
>much in his present form within the last 10,000 years." The "You are an
>animal, and share a common heritage with earthworms" quote below didn't
>play too well here.

Populist science decided by democratic vote. How interesting. Why don't
we have a vote on astrology next. Then homeopathy, UFOs, and the Loch Ness
monster. There are probably
enough people believing in such things to justify teaching them in public
schools (L.A. public schools ought to be particularly enlightening). Don't
look for any courses on quantum mechanics, however, since that stuff is
obviously nonsense.

Are you seriously suggesting that this is a GOOD thing? Uninformed
people voting on what reality should be? It sounds like the worst sort of
New-Age postmodernism to me (we make our own realities, everything is
relative, etc.). Perhaps people who DO scientific research should decide
such questions and not accountants, barbers, and plumbers -- many of whom
will tell you they dislike science.

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