Pharyngula

I’m stumped

I’ve been racking my brains, trying to come up with a completely inoffensive college curriculum in case some tinhorn prissy-pants decides to pass a law allowing students to opt out of being challenged, and I just can’t do it. Maybe I just have a dirty mind, but I think I could turn any textbook and any subject into something both seditious and salacious without trying too hard.

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  1. #1 Sastra
    February 24, 2006

    BlueIndependent was right to point out the blatent contradiction in sneering at “political correctness” yet backing a proposed law like this one. In fact, it occurs to me that actions like this might actually arm evolutionary scientists with a strategy which might have a lot of emotional appeal to religious conservatives — connect Creationism/Intelligent Design to the “children’s self-esteem movement.”

    In my experience, most fundamentalists absolutely loathe what they see as the sloppy-goony postmodernist liberal emphasis on making sure our schools protect delicate little children from having their feelings hurt or working too hard. Let them spell however they want, let them study whatever they want, let them believe whatever they want, it’s all about feeling good about yourself. They see this as anti-authoritarian as well as promoting relativism and undermining good education (and in many cases, they’re right.)

    So use it. Accuse the ID folk of pandering to a relativistic “feel-good” lack of discipline. Accuse them of underminding authority and teaching children that “they can create their own truths.”

    Pointing out that one of their values is directly contradicting another one of their values might possibly sway at least a few.

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