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Here’s an un-fun experiment: the next time your kid’s in the other room, sneak a peek at her science textbook. Chances are, it says evolution is just a theory and global warming is debatable. 

If you’re living in Louisiana or Tennessee, you may also want to check out what your kids’ teachers are discussing in class: Teachers in those states are now allowed to teach creationism along with evolution and to argue both sides of global warming - even over the objections of their school principals and superintendents. 

In 2013, nine anti-science bills were introduced in seven states, and legislators nationwide have filed about 50 bills in the past 10 years declaring evolution a “controversial” idea whose opposing side, creationism, must be taught in the interest of academic freedom. Though most of these efforts died in committee - as South Dakota’s did last week - some become law. 

It’s all being done under the guise of fairness: Missouri’s House Bill 1587, creeping toward a vote, would force principals and administrators to let teachers “help students understand, analyze, critique, and review in an objective manner the scientific strengths and scientific weaknesses of the theory of biological and hypotheses of chemical evolution.” 

The bill’s authors say it’ll help students “develop critical thinking skills, and respond appropriately and respectfully to differences of opinion about controversial issues, including biological and chemical evolution.” 

MORE: A Textbook Case of Anti-Science)

Here’s an un-fun experiment: the next time your kid’s in the other room, sneak a peek at her science textbook. Chances are, it says evolution is just a theory and global warming is debatable.

If you’re living in Louisiana or Tennessee, you may also want to check out what your kids’ teachers are discussing in class: Teachers in those states are now allowed to teach creationism along with evolution and to argue both sides of global warming - even over the objections of their school principals and superintendents.

In 2013, nine anti-science bills were introduced in seven states, and legislators nationwide have filed about 50 bills in the past 10 years declaring evolution a “controversial” idea whose opposing side, creationism, must be taught in the interest of academic freedom. Though most of these efforts died in committee - as South Dakota’s did last week - some become law.

It’s all being done under the guise of fairness: Missouri’s House Bill 1587, creeping toward a vote, would force principals and administrators to let teachers “help students understand, analyze, critique, and review in an objective manner the scientific strengths and scientific weaknesses of the theory of biological and hypotheses of chemical evolution.”

The bill’s authors say it’ll help students “develop critical thinking skills, and respond appropriately and respectfully to differences of opinion about controversial issues, including biological and chemical evolution.”

MORE: A Textbook Case of Anti-Science)

Lauren and Jesse - masterminds of next week’s College Rankings - are talking out the methodology they used to come up with America’s Rowdiest, Happiest, Most Beautiful, Least Rigorous, etc - on iPad Sunday and newsstand Monday!  

Lauren and Jesse - masterminds of next week’s College Rankings - are talking out the methodology they used to come up with America’s Rowdiest, Happiest, Most Beautiful, Least Rigorous, etc - on iPad Sunday and newsstand Monday!  

alittlespace:

All across the country, city councils are making decisions about privatizing their public libraries, which means libraries will be de-professionalized and residents will pay more and receive less, while private companies make a profit for investors and shareholders. Friends at the SEIU have decided to stand up and try to save public libraries that are in danger, even teaming up with Sarah Haskins to produce a video bringing the “Privatization Beast” to life. Sign the online petition and join the fight to help keep public libraries public.

We heart libraries!

The Importance Of A Liberal Arts Educationhttp://www.linkdaddy.org/articles/the-importance-of-a-liberal-arts-education-1731.html

collegewaspointless:

linkdaddy:

The Importance Of A Liberal Arts Education College is an environment where contentions are encountered, where one’s values and convictions manifest, and where a direction toward a productive life course is developed. This is true no matter what branch of knowledge is pursued.

Is it worth the cost anymore? Also, are business employers hiring liberal arts students in this economy?

(via myuselessdegree)

A class to die for: Zombies 101 at U. Baltimorehttp://<p><a href="http//judithmurray.net/post/1081760439/a-class-to-die-for-zombies-101-at-u-baltimore" class="tumblr_blog">youwillbeassimilated</a>:</p> <blockquote><p>&#8220;Call it Zombies 101.</p> <p>&#8220;The University of Baltimore is offering a new class on the undead.</p> <p>&#8220;The course is being taught by Arnold Blumberg, the author of a book on zombie movies, &#8216;Zombiemania,&#8217; and the curator of Geppi&#8217;s Entertainment Museum, which focuses on American pop culture.</p> <p>&#8220;Students taking English 333 will watch 16 classic zombie films and read zombie comics. As an alternative to a final research paper they may write scripts or draw storyboards for their ideal zombie flicks.</p> <p>&#8220;The university isn&#8217;t the first to have a class on the undead. Columbia College in Chicago has offered a course on Zombies in popular media for years, and at Simpson College in Iowa students spent the spring semester writing a book on &#8216;The History of the Great Zombie War.&#8217;&#8221;</p> <p>Via <a href="http://libraryland.tumblr.com/">libraryland</a></p></blockquote> <p></p>

“Call it Zombies 101.

“The University of Baltimore is offering a new class on the undead.

“The course is being taught by Arnold Blumberg, the author of a book on zombie movies, ‘Zombiemania,’ and the curator of Geppi’s Entertainment Museum, which focuses on American pop culture.

“Students taking English 333 will watch 16 classic zombie films and read zombie comics. As an alternative to a final research paper they may write scripts or draw storyboards for their ideal zombie flicks.

“The university isn’t the first to have a class on the undead. Columbia College in Chicago has offered a course on Zombies in popular media for years, and at Simpson College in Iowa students spent the spring semester writing a book on ‘The History of the Great Zombie War.’”

Via libraryland

(via youwillbeassimilated)

Feeling nostalgic?

Did you have an amazing dorm room in college?  Whether it was super creative (or super disgusting), our education team wants your vintage* photos.

Send a photo and contact information to NewsweekEducation@Newsweek.com and we may include you in our “Best and Worst Dorm Rooms Ever” online slideshow. [Keep in mind, by submitting your photo, you’re agreeing to Newsweek terms and conditions. http://www.newsweek.com/company/user-agreement.html]

*we’re officially old

Texas Approves Textbook Changes - NYTimes.comhttp://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/22/education/22texas.html?hpw

skybarn:

It is unethical for any publishing company to follow this curriculum. Shame on them if they sell this shit.

Because sometimes one must simply laugh at such things, we present our list of the 10 strangest changes in the Texas textbooks. Our favorite:

Thanks to a successful lobbying effort by a Barbara Cargill, a Republican from suburban Houston, Texas textbooks will now include a reference to 1920s singer and composer Julius Bledsoe. “How could any of us forget his rendition of ‘Old Man River’ in Showboat?” Cargill said.