Back to School: First Church-State Skirmish Already?

24 08 2009

Do you know the Friendly Atheist, Hemant Mehta? He is a highly evolved thinker and human being imo. 🙂

And he is a high school teacher, which makes him a crazy-parent whipping boy. Crazy is catching — and as we say in the South, he’s catchin’ it right now! It’s as if the current strain of town hall crazy were catching and now spreading like swine flu, into the schools with everything else good and bad about society.

Dale has the whole story, with links at the bottom to the course of the infection as it developed.

Please go read it and ahem, spread the word.

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11 responses

24 08 2009
COD

I love her response, claiming that she is not trying to get him fired, just trying to warn the good Christian parents that their kids are learning atheist math. I have this vision of Obi-Wan waving his hand…these are not the letters to school administration and the school board that you are looking for.

24 08 2009
Teresa

Hemant is such a cool guy! Fight the good fight, dude!

24 08 2009
JJ

Perfect.

24 08 2009
JJ

I had recently written somewhere in the Christian curriculum discussion, all about how it wasn’t really evolution or even science generally, that the Discovery Institute Wedge Strategy intended to undermine, but human reason itself, all rationality and “materialism.” And so I wondered when they would go after math as well as science, ha ha.

Be careful what you wish for, I guess!

24 08 2009
Crimson Wife

So long as he sticks to teaching math while he’s on the taxpayer’s dime, there’s no grounds for Mr. Mehta to be fired.

If certain parents prefer their children to have a different teacher because of what he does in his free time, the school administrators should try to accommodate that desire. Just like if some atheist parent was uncomfortable with a teacher who ran an ultrafundamentalist blog in his/her free time and wanted his/her child in a different class.

This whole situation is a molehill being made into a mountain…

24 08 2009
JJ

Except public schools don’t accommodate those requests for either reason, usually not even for what the teacher does IN school much less out of school.

At least not unless things have changed more than I have reason to believe, since I was dealing with parents and doing school for a living . . .

24 08 2009
Meg

But don’t forget the fight isn’t just about the science books – http://getinhangon.homeschooljournal.net/2009/07/23/if-you-thought-that-the-conflict-was-focused-on-science/ – they also want to change the history books.

Everything is under attack.

24 08 2009
Crimson Wife

The high school I attended allowed families to request certain teachers without requiring any particular reason for the preference. My brother had a very low tolerance for “busywork” so my mom was always lobbying his guidance counselor to get him placed with specific teachers. The only time the school ever refused was if there was a scheduling conflict involving a required course.

24 08 2009
JJ

Civilized, I like it (but I’ll bet it wasn’t unionized.)

25 08 2009
JJ

Lynn has a new review post with links examining Christian curriculum apologia.

25 08 2009
JJ

Meg is right with her history-is-next post. Check this out from Science blogs about Richard Dawkins’ upcoming book, The Greatest Show on Earth:

In his book, Professor Dawkins compares the relation of Intelligent Design to science with that of Holocaust denial to history. The analogy is deliberately inflammatory and entirely correct. The objection to Holocaust denial is not, as many believe, that it is offensive and xenophobic (though it is, of course, both). It is, rather, that Holocaust denial is false.

It is impossible to argue consistently that the Holocaust never happened except by ignoring or faking the historical evidence. Creationism and Intelligent Design are like that. They are not even wrong; they are just bad ideas.

Pseudoscientific beliefs can never be refuted, because their proponents do not recognise the concept of evidence. . .

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