POINT OF VIEW: New curriculum-challenge law hides non-science agenda

Jul 21, 2017

By Bertha Vazquez

As a science teacher in Miami-Dade, I am disheartened by Florida’s CS/HB 989. This law extends citizens’ right to challenge what’s taught in their local schools. It may sound very democratic, but it is written to disguise a non-scientific agenda.

It is a good thing that we are raised in this country thinking we should respect alternative points of view, but science is different.

Science is based on the scientific method. Scientists question, observe, experiment and share their results with other scientists, over and over and over again. After years, decades, and even centuries of arduous trial and error, an idea achieves scientific consensus and makes its way into our science textbooks.

This amazing process gives us modern medicine and iPhones and put a man on the Moon. It’s a beautiful, wonderful way of gaining and sharing knowledge, but it’s not easy and often messy.

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5 comments on “POINT OF VIEW: New curriculum-challenge law hides non-science agenda

  • Here’s an article. I can’t think of a more relevant article for this site. This is totally sick. It’s really about time that people started facing the fact that the Trump presidency is a conspiracy; we are being taken over by a hostile enemy from within the US itself and possibly with the help of Russia. It’s a coup. We are under attack. They want to seize everything. No more government funding for anything: research, social and cultural programs, health services… No more “handouts.” It’s all about increasing the wealth and power of the few.

    Here’s another thug to add to the list of neo-fascist Bannon’s (or Trump’s) agents of destruction:

    We are under attack.

    http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/21/politics/clovis-nominated-to-usda/index.html



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    The Union of Concerned Scientists responded to the nomination with outrage posting a statement online: “With no background in science, Clovis — who is also a vocal climate denier — is an unacceptable and illegal choice for this important role that affects farmers, rural communities, and the health and nutrition of all Americans.”



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  • You’ve been under attack since January 1981.
    Remember the bit about the hostages held in the US embassy in Iran being released on the day of Alzheimer Ronnie’s inaugruration? The hostage taking was on 04 November 1979, the release on 20 January 1981. There are rumours (conspiracy theories?) that some of AR’s supporters somehow had their hands in delaying a possible resolution of the crisis to damage Jimmy Carter’s bid for a second term. Whatever. But then Ollie North gives us the Iran-Contra scandal. Erm. Payback time to the Ayatollahs for their “support” of AR’s first bid for the presidency? Should have led to AR’s impeachment and removal from office, though he might also have pulled a Tricky Dick and resigned. Then you had Newt Gingrich becoming Speaker of the House in the 1994 midterm elections. Then Dubya. Then the 2010 midterm election. And possibly a stolen 2016 election (hey, the Republicans have been practicing since Florida 2000!).



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  • Dan #2
    Jul 21, 2017 at 8:39 pm

    The Union of Concerned Scientists responded to the nomination with outrage posting a statement online:
    “With no background in science, Clovis — who is also a vocal climate denier
    is an unacceptable and illegal choice
    for this important role that affects farmers, rural communities, and the health and nutrition of all Americans.”

    While we realise that these people are ignorant of modern science, culturally backward, and trying to turn the clock back so as to live in the past, someone by the name of CLOVIS, is perhaps entirely appropriate for this mind-set!

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clovis_culture

    The Clovis culture is a prehistoric Paleo-Indian culture, named for distinct stone tools found in close association with Pleistocene fauna at Blackwater Locality No. 1 near Clovis, New Mexico, in the 1920s and 1930s. The Clovis culture appears around 11,500–11,000 uncal RCYBP[1] (uncalibrated radiocarbon years before present), at the end of the last glacial period, and is characterized by the manufacture of “Clovis points” and distinctive bone and ivory tools.

    Perhaps he can “restore” America to the technology and “greatness”, of that hunter-gatherer era!?



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  • It’s not about ignorance per se, Alan, as I am sure you are aware, or about turning the clock back – unless that means pre-civil war or pre-New Deal, or better yet, returning to a gilded age. It’s essentially about hiring agents of destruction to take over these agencies. They are nothing more than plants. Their job is circumvention, making sure that these agencies receive no federal funding. That is what it is about. It’s about destroying federal funding and the programs along with it in order to create god knows what, a hell on earth where the wealth of the few is increased at the expense of the working class, the middle class, and the underprivileged.

    It’s about bigoted, corrupt, inhumane wealthy elites gaining ascendancy. Nothing particularly new, but shocking none the less. Never thought they could pull it off. I think they can – from the looks of things.

    Meanwhile, the gleeful corporate media with the help of Trump’s slick new “communications director” lulls us into tranquility.



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