Friday, March 12, 2010

Don McLeroy: The Creationist in Charge of Education in Texas


March 11, 2010 on ABC Nightline:
Fundamentalist Christian dentist promotes drastic curriculum change.
(via LGF)

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  1. R€LIGION $TINKS OF MONE¥March 13, 2010 at 2:20 AM

    If you reign over power to these sort of men, you can bet women, gays, people of colour will soon start to feel the heat. He´s a dangerous bigot.

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  2. Essentially: the education of the US's school children is in the hands of a freakin' dentist.

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  3. Oh this makes me feel sick ...

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  4. Calm down, people. He's not on the Texas BoE anymore -- he's been rather unceremoniously booted out: http://skepticalteacher.wordpress.com/2010/03/12/texas-voters-give-creationist-don-mcleroy-the-big-texas-boot/.

    Of course, it's wingnuts like this that encourage the Feds to start nationalizing stuff that's historically been left to (and should remain with, imho) the states.

    But really, McLeroy is only taking advantage of an utterly broken system. What should be making people sick isn't McLeroy, it's the way textbooks are written, published, and distributed to schools.

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  5. He's still got 9 months of time to push his agenda.  By that time, the textbooks will be in place.  He's gotten all the time he needs to do his work; do you think he's in that position to do anything other than affect the textbooks?

    Also, I don't know why Texas has so much control over the textbooks.  California has 50% more population than Texas.  Although, I can understand why conservatives wouldn't want California to play a bigger role in determining textbook standards.

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  6. Dave -- Allowing the TX Governor appoint people to school board seats wouldn't solve anything. Perry's just as much of a wingnut as McLeroy. However, I agree there should be clear standards for running. Of course, if you're going to do that, then you also need to have clear standards for voting. Addressing only one side of the election equation won't make any meaningful difference.

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  7. wow this is depressing

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  8. I'm all for an enlightened despot at this point to shut this wingnuts out of public office forever, Go Hobbs! :S

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  9. This is, quite simply, an educational emergency.

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  10. <span>McLeroy didn't just lose an election. He lost a primary. He lost the GOP primary to a moderate Republican.
    When Texas Republicans toss out a fundamentalist nut-job that's an encouraging sign.</span>

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  11. If I ever have a child, they will never go to public school. History classes are bad now and it is just going to get worse. 

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