What do you think about Texas, Kentucky, and South Dakota's changes to their educational curriculum?
Topic: Other ways to say draw a conclusion teaching
July 20, 2019 / By Genny Question:
In Kentucky, a bill recently introduced in the Legislature would encourage teachers to discuss “the advantages and disadvantages of scientific theories,” including “evolution, the origins of life, global warming and human cloning.”
Last year, the Texas Board of Education adopted language requiring that teachers present all sides of the evidence on evolution and global warming.
Oklahoma introduced a bill with similar goals in 2009, although it was not enacted.
In South Dakota, a resolution calling for the “balanced teaching of global warming in public schools” passed the Legislature this week.
“Carbon dioxide is not a pollutant,” the resolution said, “but rather a highly beneficial ingredient for all plant life.”
The vote split almost entirely along partisan lines in both houses, with Republican voting for it and Democrats voting against.
Ken Mercer, a member of the Texas State Board of Education, introduced an amendment to state social studies curriculum standards that said: “understand how government taxation and regulations can serve as restriction to private enterprise.”
His fellow member, Terri Leo, agreed. She said it’s especially important today, with issues like cap-and-trade and “policies that are based on supposed global warming theories.”
The amendment passed.
"...the [Texas] board stripped Thomas Jefferson from a world history standard about the influence of Enlightenment thinkers on political revolutions from the 1700s to today. In Jefferson’s place, the board’s religious conservatives succeeded in inserting Thomas Aquinas and John Calvin. They also removed the reference to ‘Enlightenment ideas’ in the standard, requiring that students should simply learn about the influence of the ‘writings’ of various thinkers (including Calvin and Aquinas).”
What are your thoughts on these recent changes to these states' educational curricula?
Best Answers: What do you think about Texas, Kentucky, and South Dakota's changes to their educational curriculum?
Delila | 5 days ago
Technology companies in those states will need to find talent elsewhere. As US citizens become scientifically illiterate, their places in institutions of higher learning are taken by foreign students. This trend is shown empirically here.
Note that nearly half of the physicists in the US are now foreign born. US industry now depends on attracting foreign talent. As other countries become more affluent relative to the US, it will become more difficult to attract talent. Parents in Texas, Kentucky and South Dakota have decided that jobs at Wal Mart and McDonalds are the best that their children can aspire to. An increased share of the best jobs will go to foreigners.
I exhale CO2
If you work at Wal Mart, I am sure you can do a great job without learning and understanding any science. A job applicant can rationalize away science as not relevant, but frankly the job applicant's opinion does not matter. People like me who run technology companies decide who to hire and where to locate facilities. The type of people that I look for are the type in the AIP reference above. In my experience, potential employees care very much about the quality of life in the town where the job is located. This includes the quality of education. While the science of GW is not directly relevant to the jobs in my company, the ability to collect and analyse empirical evidence, put the evidence in a framework of established scientific principles and draw scientifically valid conclusions is relevant to the job description. My reputation and fortune depend on hiring people that get the science right. AGW denial is not evidence based. I would not trust or hire an employee that thinks that science can be applied selectively. The economy is not going to rise or fall on my decisions alone. Feel free to ask employers at other high tech companies what their opinions about scientific integrity are.
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Originally Answered: What goes on in North and South Dakota?
A whole lotta nothing lol that's why you never hear about us, we only make the news for it being cold here, and even then it's brief. "Miami will see sunshine with highs of about 90 with scattered clouds. Out on the east coast it's raining yet again, with heavy showers in New England and Boston areas. Skip over to Los Angelos, beautiful sunny day, highs near 85, a nice day for the beach. Oh and it's -40 in the upper Midwest. Now on to sports..." that's how it usually plays out lol the south might get some thunderstorms and they'll talk about that for 30 minutes straight, meanwhile ND is experiencing a 5 day blizzard and it's not mentioned once. haha just something you notice after a while.
One time, North Dakota made national news for more than 30 seconds, and later that night watching our local news they said, "North Dakota made national news today for..." lol such a rarity that it's news itself.
It is worse than implied, far worse!
Texas controls the production of textbooks mandatory in many states, including California.
This would be like letting Hitler and Stalin indoctrinate children on their ideology.
But, "we are a free country!" Right?
Wrong! The textbooks are MANDATORY.
Of course, you and I, wonder Do they still use textbooks? Have they heard of the Internet?
Of course, the answers are Yes, and No, they are still in the Dark Ages
which would be OK with me, except California HAS to use their crazy textbooks.
Why? Money, bribes and political support. The consequence of failing to learn Ethics.
No, I don't mean THE "Ethics" written by Aristotle, 350 BC, THAT would be an improvement.
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Intelligent Design, creationism and global warming conspiracies should be taught either in religious education or politics classes.
Science classes should try to cover more of the uncertainties surrounding evolution (like the bits we don't know yet) and climate change (like how CO2 does cause warming, but the warming for a doubling of CO2 is uncertain; it's probably between 2-4.5C)
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You only tell half the story. While Thomas Jefferson is out in Texas, Phyllis Schafly is in. And while the Texas State Board of Education it is currently on a knife edge regarding evolution, there was a solid 10-5 partyline majority in favour of the changes to the history syllabus.
George Orwell would have recognised exactly what is going on. As to what I think about it all, I had a wonderful job in Texas but a couple of years ago I decided I couldn't take this kind of thing any longer, and quit.
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Originally Answered: South dakota emancipation rules?
Here is the state law code section. Start with a job, a lawyer.
25-5-26. Petition for emancipation--Procedure. A minor may petition the circuit court of the county in which he resides for a declaration of emancipation. The petition shall be verified and shall set forth with specificity all of the following:
(1) That he is at least sixteen years of age;
(2) That he willingly lives separate and apart from his parents or guardian with the consent or acquiescence of his parents or guardian;
(3) That he is managing his own financial affairs;
(4) That the source of his income is not derived from any activity declared to be a crime by the laws of the State of South Dakota or the laws of the United States.
Before the petition is heard, such notice as the court deems reasonable shall be given to the minor's parents, guardian, or other person entitled to the custody of the minor, or proof made to the court that their addresses are unknown, or that for other reasons such notice cannot be given. If a minor is a ward or dependent child of the state, notice shall be given to the appropriate state agency.
The court shall sustain the petition if it finds that the minor is a person that fulfills the requirements of this section and that emancipation would not be contrary to his best interest.
If the petition is sustained, the court shall forthwith issue a declaration of emancipation, which shall be filed by the clerk of court.
If the petition is denied, the minor may appeal to the Supreme Court.
If the petition is sustained, the parents or guardian may appeal to the Supreme Court if they have appeared in the proceeding and opposed the granting of the petition.
A declaration is conclusive evidence that the minor is emancipated.