Everyone face Kansas and laugh
Religious nutters on the Kansas State Board of Education took a sledge- hammer to science and have made Kansas school science courses anything but science.
What the Kansas Taliban did was obliterate the definition of science itself.
Previously the definition was: “Science is the human activity seeking natural explanations for what we observe in the world around us.”
The new definition is more convoluted. It says that science is a “systematic method of continuing investigation that uses observation, hypothesis testing, measurement, experimentation, logical argument and theory building to lead to more adequate explanations of natural phenomena.”
The phenomena is now natural but the explanation is not. The New York Times quotes Prof. Adrian Melott of the University of Kansas as saying: “The only reason to take out ‘natural explanations’ is if you want to open the door to supernatural explanations.”
The fundamentalist Taliban, of course, wants to do precisely that. Their goal is to grab as much stolen loot in taxes as possible to fund their rabid, Medieval view of the world. The public school system controls billions of dollars stolen from taxpayers and holds millions of children forced to be there by law. Stolen money and a forced audience really appeals to the religious nutters. What a perfect way to push America into becoming the “Christian Republic” it never was.
Science can only deal with the natural. What the Kansas School Board did was smash science and open the door to theology. So where ever you are now turn and face the direction of Kansas and let out a loud laugh. They are now one the major jokes of the Western world.
I understand that their driver’s ed class will give instructions on shoeing horses, that home education classes will include how to operate a loom, and their history text will cover the modern world up until 1600. Next year their plain to introduce blood-letting to the university medical courses. It is still under debate whether or not alchemy classes would be too modern.