Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Don't kill people with ignorance

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/features/2010/1001.blake.html

There's a lot of reading here, so I'll point out a couple of highlights.

First this from Don McLeroy, who sits on the Texas State Board of Eduction and gets to hold sway on the content of schoolkids' text books:

The way I evaluate history textbooks is first I see how they cover Christianity and Israel. Then I see how they treat Ronald Reagan—he needs to get credit for saving the world from communism and for the good economy over the last twenty years because he lowered taxes.

You won't be surprised to know that he describes evolution as "hooey".

Then this:

The Texas legislature finally intervened in 1995, after a particularly heated skirmish over health textbooks—among other things, the board demanded that publishers pull illustrations of techniques for breast self-examination and swap a photo of a briefcase-toting woman for one of a mother baking a cake.

These people are so offended by illustrations - illustrations mind you, not even photographs - of breasts that they'd rather large numbers of women die of ignorance than permit them to appear in text books. And heaven (literally) forbid that a text book show a range of positive images of women other than child rearing and house keeping.

You must have to work really hard to be this evil and especially to sustain it for years on end.

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