Thursday, March 11, 2010

B.C. or BCE?


March 11, 2010 on FOX News

15 comments:

  1. uhhh..  Common Era? Before the... uhh...! Oh she wants it because she prefers the traditional .... uhhh... uhhhh... Oooh look a shinny penny!

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  2. My poor, poor state.

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  3. It's not just that one state.  Texas has statewide schoolbook purchasing rules and a lot of other states don't (they just let every school decide for themselves), and as a result of that and Texas' large population, textbook publishers will tailor their books to match the Texas standards since that will let them sell the same textbooks to Texas and to everyone else instead of making two editions.  Therefore the stupidity of the Texas board of education ends up affecting many schools outside of Texas too.  The only way to fight this would be to have another state with a large population also enact rigid purchasing rules that demand the opposite of what Texas wants, so that textbook makers are going to be stuck making multiple editions anyway and so they won't make everyone conform to Texas's stupidity since that won't save them any money.

    Note - it has to be a state with at large population  that does this (or a coalition of smaller states working in unison) or else the textbook makers will just leave that one state out of the loop.

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  4. I'm well aware of the power Texas has over textbook contents.

    That doesn't change the fact that my poor, poor state is so often run by morons.

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  5. If anyone is offended by the use of BC and AD in textbooks then they need to get a life.

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  6. jesusfetusfajitafishsticksMarch 12, 2010 at 12:10 PM

    ...because tradition trumps education

    /facepalm

    -Jfff
    http://jesusfetusfajitafishsticks.blogspot.com

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  7. Wait, I missed the details of that (and can't be arsed wasting two minutes of my life watching it again). Which pair were they using before the vote? And did they vote to change to the alternative?

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  8. Why don't they just abolish any mention of the metric system while they're at it?

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  9. how about have federal guidelines? Meaning, the states are not required to follow them but for states who currently don't have any they could easily just say "oh, what the federal government said". Then the book makers would be more inclined to have a second edition.

    Of course that assumes that the fed would be any better at making these guidelines...

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  10. I like how the motion passes before they even give people a chance to oppose it. 

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  11. It isn't a matter of taking offense - you can oppose something without being offended by it. The use of BC/AD over BCE/CE is just one more way Christian fundies can say "SEE? This IS a Christian nation!" or other such inanities.

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  12. <span>They'll say that no matter what. If you change it but keep the same calendar they'll ask why the year is called 2010 and say see to that answer. Changing it to BCE/CE always struck me as petty in the first place.
    I'm more concerned about them removing information about the separation of church and state. </span>

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  13. Missouri ResidentMarch 15, 2010 at 9:19 PM

    Go Texas Board of Education! 

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  14. Out of State and I'm Loving it!March 15, 2010 at 9:40 PM

    New terms are being invented every day by left wing liberal professors to satisfy political correctness groups, push individual agendas and sell more books.  Why don't we just use the terms PCE/CE.  Politically Correct Era and Before Politically Correct Era.  Or how about new terms such as BP which stands for Before the Present Time and ACE which stands for After Common Era or After Current Era.  It's time to put a stop to all this nonsense.  A change to BCE/CE can only be effectively made within our country and beyond its borders if it were to be promoted in the school system.  Within the academic world we find the conditioning of our students to make them think this change already has been made and is "fact".   I applaud and provide a standing ovation to the Texas School Board of Education for standing up.  Last I checked, we use the Gregorian Calendar as our civil calendar.  It is also the calendar with the most widespread usage in the world today.  The Gregorian calendar uses BC and AD to the number of years....not BCE/CE.  The people that invented BCE/CE were not smart enough to tie it back to something other than the Gregorian Calendar and BC/AD.

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