Thursday, January 13, 2005

Soapbox rant... and I AM pissed

I don't care on which side of the fence in this argument you sit. Has anyone noticed the real problem? Has anyone noticed that while the so-called adults are squabbling over interpretation of the word theory on a textbook's warning sticker that STUDENTS WILL NOT READ ANYWAY, that we are turning out some of the dumbest highschool graduates that we ever have? Can we please focus on the real problems? Because, you see, while you're arguing the pros and cons of barbecue sauce, Junior is playing with matches by the lighter fluid.

ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) -- A federal judge in Atlanta, Georgia, has ruled that a suburban county school district's textbook stickers referring to evolution as "a theory not a fact" are unconstitutional.

In ruling that the stickers violate the constitutionally mandated separation between church and state, U.S. District Judge Clarence Cooper ruled that labeling evolution a "theory" played on the popular definition of the word as a "hunch" and could confuse students.

The disclaimers were put in the books by school officials in 2002.

"Due to the manner in which the sticker refers to evolution as a theory, the sticker also has the effect of undermining evolution education to the benefit of those Cobb County citizens who would prefer that students maintain their religious beliefs regarding the origin of life," Cooper wrote in his ruling.