The benefits of illegal proposals

Dennis R. Preston preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU
Mon Feb 28 23:31:23 UTC 2000

Tom is right to point out the anti-intellectual trend in the US; I was just
holding out for Kansas and Texas since I suspect they are not alonme in
this trend.


>Not to dispute Dennis' more general point, but the references to Kansas and
>Texas aren't slurs.  The acts of the Kansas legislature regarding the
>teaching of evolution should be well-known.  Less commonly known perhaps is
>that in Texas public school textbooks are (or at least were until recently)
>adopted on a state-wide basis.  That's an incredible amount of purchasing
>power.  Consequently, textbook publishers who aim for big sales aren't
>likely to put something out that doesn't pass muster with the Texas board
>of ed.  You don't have to think of these folks as hopelessly retrograde to
>see them as a seriously narrowing influence.
>--Tom Kysilko (who is expressing his own views, not those of his kinfolk.)
>At 02:47 PM 2/28/2000 -0500, Dennis wrote:
>>Hmmmm. This is a very interesting reponse. Since teachers in US public
>>schools aren't qualified to teach a subject, let's not do it. The second
>>part I find hard to understand is that we should not even attempt such
>>curricular innovation since school boards in Kansas and Texas (I hope y'all
>>Kansans and Texans take care of this slur on your own; I got my own
>>Kentucky problems) won't go for it. What if they don't go for math,
>>physics, algebra? . . .
>  Tom Kysilko        Practical Data Services
>  pds at       Saint Paul MN USA

Dennis R. Preston
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Michigan State University
East Lansing MI 48824-1027 USA
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