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Listen up, Alabama, because you’re next:

Over the years the Legislature has worked tirelessly to keep our kids academically stuck in the mid-1950s. This has been achieved by overcrowding their classrooms, underpaying their teachers and letting their school buildings fall apart.

Florida’s plucky refusal to embrace 21st century education is one reason that prestigious tech industries have avoided the state, allowing so many of our high-school graduates (and those who come close) to launch prosperous careers in the fast-food, bartending and service sectors of the economy.

By accepting evolution as a proven science, our top educators would be sending a loud message to the rest of the nation: Stop making fun of us.

Is that what we really want?

Come to think of it, I wonder how much money the Alabama State Board of Edumacation spent — in time, labor and materials — putting those “don’t you worry your purty li’l head” stickers in all our biology textbooks. It might have been a substantial amount of cash, but it probably wouldn’t have been enough to pay somebody other than the basketball coach to teach our biology class.

4 Comments

    • stogoe
    • Posted Tuesday, 19 February 2008 at 16:13 pm
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    “don’t you worry your pretty li’l head”

    Shouldn’t that be ‘your purty little head’? I try not to be a word-choice nazi, but when you’re making fun of the South, using ‘purty’ is pretty much required.

  1. Aha, I knew something didn’t look right. Fixed!

  2. It’s a good article, but I can’t help but notice: 21st century education? That would be nice, but isn’t it just a 19th century education we’re trying to live up to at this point?

    • Melusine
    • Posted Tuesday, 19 February 2008 at 21:57 pm
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    …stickers in all our biology textbooks.

    You went to a Blue Ribbon high school and you and some of your fellow students went to excellent colleges. Did your school have those stickers or did your parents already inoculate you against the “stupid-virus”? Oh wait, google, google…can’t get in. Isn’t this kind of ironic:

    NOT SATISFIED WITH THIS ALABAMA INTELLIGENT DESIGN & CREATIONISM NEWS SECTION? MAKE YOUR OWN WITH THE INBOX ROBOT OR TRY OUR OTHER MEDIA MONITORING SERVICES.


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