Pharyngula

There are a few novelties in this one: a) it’s in Florida, not Texas; b) it’s a creationist in the department advocating creationism; and c) she didn’t get fired for writing it. You can read the whole thing at Florida Citizens for Science, but here’s the stupid part.

The science standards that are in place now do not include the word Evolution anywhere. In fact, they are ambiguous enough that the districts and schools in Florida have been able to teach evolution as a theory along With other theories. In addition to that, if these new standards are adopted, the new instructional materials adopted and placed in our schools will be aligned to these standards, which means that our new materials will explicitly teach evolution – and not as a theory!!!

The current Florida standards are weak and vague, and this twit is complaining…because it leaves the teachers the latitude to actually teach a fundamental concept of biology. I guess their goal in Florida is to close the loophole. And of course it’s rather obvious that she has no understanding of the meaning of the scientific term “theory”.

Man, the quality of the people who are ending up on state school boards is depressing.

Comments

  1. #1 David Marjanovi?, OM
    December 9, 2007

    If you’re assigned to write a 4 page paper and you end up writing 5 and a half, you’ll get a number of points off your grade because you’re making the teacher exert more effort than was originally required.

    I recently failed such an exam. I wrote too little out of fear of writing too much.

    (Background information: In Austria, university professors are almighty. They can grade as they damn well please. The only thing students are allowed to do against that is sue if they’ve flunked — ha, ha.)

  2. #2 David Marjanovi?, OM
    December 9, 2007

    If you’re assigned to write a 4 page paper and you end up writing 5 and a half, you’ll get a number of points off your grade because you’re making the teacher exert more effort than was originally required.

    I recently failed such an exam. I wrote too little out of fear of writing too much.

    (Background information: In Austria, university professors are almighty. They can grade as they damn well please. The only thing students are allowed to do against that is sue if they’ve flunked — ha, ha.)

  3. #3 David Marjanovi?, OM
    December 9, 2007

    And remember that sometimes, doing even more than is asked is not likely to be the right thing to do to get you additional credit.

    Negative credit isn’t the only possible alternative to additional credit.

    I guarantee you’ll be surprised if you currently think that it’s just the other side who are confusing ‘theory’ with ‘hypothesis’.

    Even this is rare in my experience — and not always clearly recognizable; after all, the difference between hypothesis and theory is one of degree –, but I don’t think you’ll easily find a scientist confuse “theory” and “speculation“.

  4. #4 David Marjanovi?, OM
    December 9, 2007

    And remember that sometimes, doing even more than is asked is not likely to be the right thing to do to get you additional credit.

    Negative credit isn’t the only possible alternative to additional credit.

    I guarantee you’ll be surprised if you currently think that it’s just the other side who are confusing ‘theory’ with ‘hypothesis’.

    Even this is rare in my experience — and not always clearly recognizable; after all, the difference between hypothesis and theory is one of degree –, but I don’t think you’ll easily find a scientist confuse “theory” and “speculation“.

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