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1 Almost Killed by Space Hookers  Fri, Jan 28, 2011 11:19:59am

All I can say is Damn.

2 Charles Johnson  Fri, Jan 28, 2011 11:24:08am

Yikes.

3 freetoken  Fri, Jan 28, 2011 11:32:26am

re: #2 Charles

IIRC my HS biology class (this would have been in the 70's), my teacher took the first option of the "cautious 60%" route) - we learned about DNA and RNA and genes, and stopped there. Of course back then not as much was known about DNA and genetics and how they related to species, but still, I do not remember anything being taught about human evolution in HS biology. Now, in junior high (middle school) I do remember the general science teacher showing us the Disney film that explained evolution - Disney had some beautifully made education films.

4 Decatur Deb  Fri, Jan 28, 2011 11:41:03am

To soften the blow, consider that about 13% of Biology teachers don't have Biology degrees.

5 jc717  Fri, Jan 28, 2011 11:49:30am

I'm surprised that the number isn't higher.

A funny anecdote: a friend's mom was a biology teacher in Missouri. A group of parents went to the principal and accused her of having a poster with satanic symbols on the wall of her classroom. The poster was.... the periodic table of elements.

Fortunately the principal had a good laugh about it and that was the end of it.

6 jc717  Fri, Jan 28, 2011 11:50:40am

re: #4 Decatur Deb

To soften the blow, consider that about 13% of Biology teachers don't have Biology degrees.

I would this that this number is MUCH higher at the grade school/high school level. Most of those teachers just have a teaching degree.

7 Decatur Deb  Fri, Jan 28, 2011 11:54:40am

re: #6 jc717

I would this that this number is MUCH higher at the grade school/high school level. Most of those teachers just have a teaching degree.

The coach and his wife have to teach something. Check the various state laws. Some don't even require a teaching degree to get into the classroom. There's a lot of moneysaving "innovation" out there.

8 CarleeCork  Fri, Jan 28, 2011 12:06:24pm

re: #5 jc717
It's not funny, it's terrifying.

9 WINDUPBIRD DISEASE [S.K.U.M.M.]  Fri, Jan 28, 2011 1:19:01pm

re: #5 jc717

I'm surprised that the number isn't higher.

A funny anecdote: a friend's mom was a biology teacher in Missouri. A group of parents went to the principal and accused her of having a poster with satanic symbols on the wall of her classroom. The poster was... the periodic table of elements.

Fortunately the principal had a good laugh about it and that was the end of it.

it's funny but it's also sorta scary. People like that are all over America, and some of them are in office. People so stupid and incurious, so dumb that they cannot be reasoned with

10 WINDUPBIRD DISEASE [S.K.U.M.M.]  Fri, Jan 28, 2011 1:19:48pm

re: #8 CarleeCork

It's not funny, it's terrifying.

It's grimly funny in the "I live in a pretty cool town and I'm watching the country collapse under the weight of its own stupidity" sort of way

11 anova  Fri, Jan 28, 2011 2:08:11pm

This is very disheartening.

Given the lack of scientific literacy by these "educators", what will happen to the generation they are teaching; will they further scientific knowledge and technical advancement or will we regress as a society.

12 Lord Baron Viscount Duke Earl Count Planckton  Fri, Jan 28, 2011 2:09:16pm

It's so depressing I won't even read, but any fucking "teacher" who preaches his religion in class should be fired immediately.

13 APox  Fri, Jan 28, 2011 8:02:57pm

Hey, I think we just discovered a 13% cut in educational spending in the Biology department. They can take their asses over to a Sunday school session.

14 simoom  Sat, Jan 29, 2011 8:00:51am

re: #5 jc717

A funny anecdote: a friend's mom was a biology teacher in Missouri. A group of parents went to the principal and accused her of having a poster with satanic symbols on the wall of her classroom. The poster was... the periodic table of elements.

I can understand the confusion. My first thought upon seeing one of those fancy electron shell periodic tables was, "Diagrams of candle placement in ritual satanic circles!?" ///

Image: Periodic_table_of_elements_showing_electron_shells.png

15 otoc  Sat, Jan 29, 2011 9:54:40am

Sad stats and proof of why the issue of the wall between church and state is one we need to always be vocal on.

Nothing prevents a church from expressing their point of view: in church.

But to interchange religion and science in schools because less people are attending church and a point of view is felt not to be represented? Come on now. There's no excuse for that.

16 Merkin  Sat, Jan 29, 2011 11:12:06am

This is one of the problems having a teaching corps that believes their training means they can teach any subject as long as their copy of the book has the answers in the back.


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