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Should Math Be Taught in Schools?



((Sad to say, this parody is hardly exaggerated at all. A few of the answers are almost verbatim to the actual answers of the Miss USA contestants to "Should Evolution Be Taught in Schools." Go watch that video on YouTube and see for yourself)).

(((There are days I think I am living in the world of Kornbluth's "Marching Morons." Just look at reality TV, and remember the hit show in his story)))

(((I am vastly pleased that the eventual Miss USA winner, and GAME OF THRONES fan, does "believe in evolution." And presuambly in math as well))).

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Ser_Pounce
Jul. 5th, 2011 01:29 am (UTC)
as someone from vermont..
I hope people don't think we have a condescending view of other states like that.
frootjoos
Jul. 5th, 2011 01:31 am (UTC)
Haha! After I was done being horrified, I laughed, then I felt horrified again. Yay for math and evolution, the InterWebs, and Game of Thrones.
Joel Burke
Jul. 5th, 2011 01:35 am (UTC)
incredulity
GRRM,

Come to Canada, where facts are allowed to be facts.

Love,

Canada

acharmedlife
Jul. 5th, 2011 03:17 am (UTC)
Re: incredulity
I am Canadian and I approve this message.
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misunderstruck
Jul. 5th, 2011 01:37 am (UTC)
My head nearly exploded the first time I watched that (especially the "We really don't know what the square root of 16 is... no one does!"), as I viewed it immediately after the Miss USA evolution and was a bit slow in catching on that it was a parody.
ningrim
Jul. 5th, 2011 01:45 am (UTC)
There's a difference between observation/evidence-based scientific theory, and math, which is pure logic. Not fair to compare the two.

I'm a believer in evolution, but it is a theory, and I don't begrudge a parents' right to decide the type of curriculum that's best for their children.

I don't think it's fair to characterize skeptics of evolution as "Marching Morons". Ridiculing skeptics into silence is an all to common practice when it comes to science.

grrm
Jul. 5th, 2011 02:41 am (UTC)
Evolution was a theory when Charles Darwin wrote ON THE ORIGIN OF SPECIES. It has long since been proved, to the satisfaction of anyone with any understanding of science.

"Skeptics" of evolution deserve the same respect we give flat earthers.
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Evolution and what is really is.... - tstanton - Jul. 6th, 2011 06:06 am (UTC) - Expand
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sakuraberries
Jul. 5th, 2011 01:59 am (UTC)
Some of the Miss USA answers really, really make me fear for the future of this country.
fixnwrtr
Jul. 5th, 2011 02:10 am (UTC)
Frightening since all the contestants are supposed to be college students.
ortomante
Jul. 5th, 2011 02:19 am (UTC)
Brazilian President also a fan.
I read it on the newspaper yesterday and couldn't believe, but apparently the brazilian lady president, ms Dilma Houssef is also a fan of the HBO series, and when she couldn't watch it she recorded it. This appeared across a few papers and websites, just google yourself "Dilma Game of Thrones"

Greetings from Brazil.
Dylan Beschoner
Jul. 5th, 2011 02:25 am (UTC)
Miss Arkansas
As a native Arkansan I am saddened by the fact that a graduate of an Arkansas school claims not to have been taught evolution. I'd just like to clarify that this isn't a universal problem in the Arkansas school system. Please believe me! And honestly evolution and Intelligent Design do not contradict one another. They can both be true, but they both should not be taught in science class. Creationism isn't science. Evolution is. If a class in theology or religion is offered or the school is a private institution then I understand teaching both. One belongs in science class the other in a religion class.

Tell me you agree.
ziggychaos
Jul. 5th, 2011 02:39 am (UTC)
Just proves my theory that these women win because of their looks and not their brains. Sad.
spitphyre
Jul. 5th, 2011 06:16 am (UTC)
I think that was established long before this :P (Other than those silly protests from those involved)
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joeromel
Jul. 5th, 2011 03:09 am (UTC)
Well, actually, it does contradict your faith. The Bible lays out a pretty specific history of how life started, and evolution proves that account to be false. It's hard for these two things to coexist because in order for one to thrive, the other has to adjust and concede.

Of course, you can't (yet) disprove the existence of a god with science, but it has debunked the stories of the holy books, and pushed the need for a good so far back that its hypothetical existence is irrelevant.
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This is utterly wrong. - death_panel - Jul. 5th, 2011 11:39 pm (UTC) - Expand
A little math - xmalanthax - Jul. 6th, 2011 06:21 pm (UTC) - Expand
Michael E. Brammer
Jul. 5th, 2011 02:45 am (UTC)
Science is not about belief
A far better answer would be to summarize evolution and explain how it is a foundational principle in modern biology. Some examples of common descent would also be useful.
That is how I am teaching my daughters. They won't be beauty constestants - just an engineer and a doctor (or at least that is what they aspire to today).
saxster
Jul. 5th, 2011 02:50 am (UTC)
Should art be taught in schools? Music? Writing?

Human Evolution remains a theory.
spitphyre
Jul. 5th, 2011 06:14 am (UTC)
You should probably look below for definition of the word "theory" in relation to evolution...
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trystan830
Jul. 5th, 2011 02:51 am (UTC)
wow. just.... wow.

the parody and the original. yikes.
stubbycarey
Jul. 5th, 2011 03:27 am (UTC)
That was an excellent parody - and I agree that it is sad that it was necesssary. Education has failed when people still say things like "evolution is only a theory".

But one thing rings true - you have an amazing spectrum of fans. ;)
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