Friday, August 12, 2005

Teach Both Sides: Some Friday Silliness

I admit it, I love AmericaBlog. I keep it open in a browser window and refresh it every hour or so, just to see what's new.

Well, this afternoon, the news is about the Kansas school board deciding to teach about "Intelligent Design" in science classes (read about it in the New York Times).

This exclusive from AmericaBlog:
In honor of this, Americablog has obtained some exclusive peeks at what future test questions in science and math and other areas will be like in Kansas after the revamping. See how you do!

Question: What does DNA stand for?
Answer: God.

Question: What is 21 divided by 7?
Answer: God.

Question: Which came first, the Constitution or the Declaration of Independence?
Answer: The Bible.

Aw, bummer! I guessed "ex-gay" for number three and got it wrong. No fair.

On a related note, I also loved this. A LiveJournal blog called One Technical Writer's Quest For Love In A World Gone Mad has a new theory: "Design by Unintelligent Hand," or "DUH" for short.

I'm all for teaching DUH
in America's schools!

Of course, it would be unfair and un-American not to "teach both sides" of the controversy. DUH makes perfectly good sense, when you look at the evidence. Pretty good.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some of the other test questions:

ID Trivia:

Q: The shortest distance between two points is ____.
A: Prayer.

Q: To be or not to be?
A: To be born.

Q: What is the speed of light?
A: As fast as it takes to say "Let there be light." (In English, mind you.)

ID Algebra:

Q: A squared + B squared = ?
A: The Holy Trinity

ID High School Auto mechanics:

Q: What makes the modern car go?
A: The hand of Jesus Christ our Lord pushing it.

Too funny!

August 13, 2005 8:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God, Jesus Christ, and the Trinity are not sacred with you, are they? Nor do you find it right to respect the feelings of those who hold them sacred.

August 13, 2005 10:47 PM  
Blogger JimK said...

You expect us to "show respect" by teaching our kids fairy tales in school?

No, we're better off to get a little laugh out of it all.

Shall I be serious for a second? OK, let me say I deeply sympathize with people whose faith forces them to deny truth. When the characteristics of the physical world are being discussed, I personally choose the findings of science over prehistoric myths. But I understand the wrenching dilemma of those who choose otherwise. It must be very difficult to deny truth in order to pass the test of faith.

--On the other hand, prehistoric myth has no place in a science class in the public schools.


August 13, 2005 11:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sheesh! Some people have NO sense of humor!

August 14, 2005 8:21 AM  

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