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  'Reality' Is Such A Judgmental Word

West Virginia Adjusts Science Standards, Adds Theory Of Intelligent Coal (Updated)

All you need are the black and grey crayons!
Page from WV Coal Association coloring book, “Let’s Learn About Coal” [Update: Sanity prevailed. See end of post] So here is some not-yet-the-worst-news news: After getting caught rewriting the state’s science education standards to include misinformation on climate change, the West Virginia Board of Education now says it will reconsider the changes. Members of the board who made the changes insisted they had not been influenced by the state’s coal industry, as they wiped soot off their hands and kicked a filthy gray towel under the couch. Read more on West Virginia Adjusts Science Standards, Adds Theory Of Intelligent Coal (Updated)…
  'Don't Know Much About History' Now Official Policy

Texas Gets The Moses-Wrote-The-Constitution Textbooks It Deserves

As far as we can tell, this guy is completely serious.
Image by David Dees You may recall that back in September, we told you about some of the fascinating textbooks being written to conform to Texas’s cool new history standards, which the conservative Fordham Institute called “a confusing, unteachable hodgepodge.” The textbooks had a lot of interesting takes on American history, like how the founding fathers were inspired by Moses, because a “nation needs a written code of behavior.” Never mind that the Ten Commandments are about individual moral behavior, while the Constitution is largely about voting and representation and stuff, and the Bill of Rights is mostly about restrictions on government power to compel behavior. Moses done it. Read more on Texas Gets The Moses-Wrote-The-Constitution Textbooks It Deserves…
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Nice Time: Kentucky Approves New Science Standards That Include Actual Science

In a rational world, it wouldn’t really be news that the Kentucky Board of Education approved new science standards for the state’s public schools — it would be a small note somewhere, and a disgruntled teuthologist might write an angry letter about the new standards’ disappointing lack of emphasis on cephalopods, and that would be it. But this is U.S. Amercia in 2013, so of course it’s actually kind of a big deal that a state in the Bible Belt will continue teaching evolution and require students to have an understanding of how science works. And so, three cheers, Kentucky Board of Education! Even in the face of an organized effort to strip science out of the science curriculum, you did your job. Read more on Nice Time: Kentucky Approves New Science Standards That Include Actual Science…
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Ohio Gov Appoints Lying Jock With No College Degree To Board Of Ed, For ‘Diversification’

If you were a governor, would you ever appoint someone to a state board, just because of his or her race? Of course not, that would be racism, even if that person’s race has been historically underrepresented on that board, and the board’s mission involves tackling persistent racial inequalities! That’s why Ohio Governor John Kasich wants to make it absolutely clear that when he says “On any board you want some diversification” in regards to his appointment of an ex-Ohio State quarterback to the state’s Board of Education, he is not referring to the fact that the dude is black, but rather to his background. His background involves not graduating from college, and not submitting an application for the job, and completely making up the supposed charter school that he claims to have founded. Also he lives in the country and maybe he’s kind of Jesus-y? Read more on Ohio Gov Appoints Lying Jock With No College Degree To Board Of Ed, For ‘Diversification’…