Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Kansas Declares That Students Must Learn Lies.

This Panda's Thumb post is far better than anything I could write on the subject but there are two things that I find mind boggling about this story. The first is the fact that Kansas has actually taken it on itself to require that all of its students should be lied to; outright, bold facedly lied to.

The new standards say high school students must understand major evolutionary concepts. But they also declare that the basic Darwinian theory that all life had a common origin and that natural chemical processes created the building blocks of life have been challenged in recent years by fossil evidence and molecular biology.

Is that the fossil evidence of the unicorn that was recently discovered in the Precambrian rock strata? Would the evidence from molecular biology include the fact that there are messages encoded in nonprotein coding sequences of human DNA that say "Repent Sinner!!!" over and over again? You may wonder why such evidence against a common origin has not been reported on. It is because the members of the Kansas board of edmufication are lying.

No such evidence has been discovered. It is all a lie. They know it is a lie. They seem to feel that if they can convince students of something which they feel is true by using lies they can justify it. Moral relativism, I believe it is called. The Republican party especially should pray that they know what they are doing because both the project in Dover, Pennsylvania and the Kansas debacle are Republican movements. While there are some Democrats in the creationism ranks, the anti-evolution movement is by and large a registered trademark of the Republican party. If even a portion of the kids of Kansas who would otherwise have been independent voters figure out that the Republican party was active in having their school system lie to them, it could very well have an influence in elections as kids reach voting age. Maybe that is wishful thinking on my part. Maybe Kansas kids are as ambivalent about their education as the Kansas board of book learning thinks they are.

Intelligent people can be fooled but keeping them fooled requires that they not examine their beliefs too closely. By using lies and contempt to "teach the controversy" they are drawing attention to themselves, their behavior and, most importantly, their beliefs; the same beliefs they have gotten many people to accept on a fraudulent veneer of legitimacy which is a patina that comes from a can.

The other thing that blows my mind is that the Kansas board of edu-confusion feels it has the power to redefine science in order to make its new standard seem less illegal. They are redefining an entire sphere of human endeavor without even speaking to those involved. If I were to decide to redefine religion as only organizations which forbid their members from voting, lobbying, running for public office or participating in politics in any way, people would say I was out of my tree. How does holding low-level public office prevent people from being recognized as insane? Maybe Kansas can implement a cost effective music program by redefining music to include poking a sharp stick up your nose until your frontal lobe turns into soup. By that definition the Kansas edu-negation officials must be playing at Carnegie Hall.

In an unrelated issue that looks related, Wired News reporter Jennifer Granick has claimed that it is wrong for the National Academy of Sciences and the National Science Teachers Association to withhold permission for the Kansas board to use its copyrighted education standards in the an adulterated form. While I admire her ability to take a position on principle which is beneficial to a movement that she intellectually opposes, I do not agree that this is a misuse of copyright. Maybe all copyright is bad but that is a separate discussion. The fact is that the NAS and NSTA presumedly created these standards at their own expense of time, money and effort in order to improve education standards by offering school boards the legitimacy of saying that they follow the standards of these organizations. By using virtually the entire text, the Kansas BOE benefits from not having to do their own work without having to adopt the standards which the document was meant to set. Changing the very definition of science and inserting a few bold-faced lies may only require changing a few words but it can change the entire meaning of the document. They also benefit by having a set of standards which anyone with a passing familiarity with the NAS/NSTA standards would easily mistake for the actual standards.

Fair use policy for copyrighted material is meant to protect parody, satire, criticism and other legitimate uses of the work. It is not meant to support adulterated plagiarism. While what Kansas has done to the document may be a farce, it does not qualify as humor. Given that the intent of the creation of this work was to improve education standards it is not only their legal right but ethical obligation to prevent the work from being used to oppose that intent.


PS - I predict the following: Now that Intelligent Design has been exposed as creation by stealth, the Discovery Institute will drop the term and simply spend their time getting school boards to adopt standards which include false information. It is harder to prove that an individual lie is religious in nature as opposed to a secular lie, which are completely legal, than it is to prove that a specific body of lies is religious. The Kansas BOE has adopted this tactic so that even if (when) intelligent Design is ruled to violate the establishment clause, it will require a completely new trial to prove that the falsehoods of the Kansas BOE are religiously motivated. By that time, it is no doubt hoped, there will be a Supreme Court in place that will be willing to override the Lemon test. Given that the Kansas BOE are likely products of the state's public education system, the BOE must be getting help from the Discovery Institute with their strategy.

3 Comments:

At Thu Nov 10, 12:56:00 AM 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, you don't realize the lies YOU have been given about the FACTS and EVIDENCE of evolution. The TRUTH is, and many people, like me until 6 months ago, don't know the truth- the textbooks are filled with lies that men throughout history have conned into the scientific world because they wanted to have support of Darwin's theory so bad, they needed to fulfill grant obligations, and they wanted notoriety in the scientific community. The horse for example, that is shown in many biology textbooks to be the ancestor of some other animals, the fish or another unsuspecting animal is not accurate. It was proved that this diagram is inaccurate, and completely falsely leading people into further supporting the evolutionist theory. The arguments for evolution are based more on faith than the creationists arguments are. The creationists goal is to point to all the lies and lack of real evidence that modern science is feeding our 2nd and 3rd generations. This, my friend, is the real religion. The circular reasoning that scientists use to date fossils, and the fossils date the layers of sediments is completely dubious. For more information on the lies in our textbooks I hope you will look into Dr. Kent Hovind's website and resource: www.drdino.com
He is a former 15 year public school science teacher who has come into the knowledge of all of the misleading information that "scientists" are feeding to our youth, beginning at the kindergarten level....His research is astounding and life altering. You have to give it a look.

 
At Thu Nov 10, 03:16:00 PM 2005, Blogger Ron said...

Anonymous rants about stuff he doesn't know, asserting that the rest of the world accept his delusion. I hope you live in Kansas, anonymous, where the reality-impaired have announced to the world they're dupes ready to be fleeced again and again, for generations to come.

As for Kent-the-delusioned: http://www.talkorigins.org/faqs/hovind/

 
At Thu Nov 10, 07:13:00 PM 2005, Blogger Apesnake said...

Thank you for your comments anonymous. I enjoyed them very much. I do not have the energy to address every one of your assertions about lies and conspiracies especially since there is nothing behind them to address but fortunately you have given me a reference that I can use to learn about your viewpoint.

Unfortunately, I have heard of Kent Hovind. Ron's link is a good introduction to a man who even his fellow creationists are embarrassed by. Here is some additional info for people who have never heard of him.

Kent Hovind

As someone who is spending years studying actual chemistry, biology, and other lies just to get a bachelor's degree, I can not be expected to give Kent's opinions a fair hearing. His views must be suppressed at all costs. After all, while my career plans do not currently involve doing research work for grants, I would not want to miss out on all that notoriety in the scientific community. But if anyone happens to read this post and wants to learn the truth of biology, not from silly old universities but from someone who attended an unaccredited "school" where you can get a doctorate degree in months, they will be able to get the straight goods from Dr. Dino, thanks to your comments.

It's interesting that "Dr" Dino only paid enough to get an unaccredited masters degree from bible college. I guess the $45 a month was too steep for him. What is even more interesting is that you can be a science teacher for 15 years somewhere in the states without a real degree in education, science or anything else. Why not just send your kids to some unexplored part of the Amazonian jungle?

 

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