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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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quique12
Jul. 5th, 2011 04:51 am (UTC)
The parody was pretty funny. I watched the real answers and to be honest, I thought it would be worse. Most of them answered "Yes", although most of them were for the wrong reason "We should teach both sides" (since there is no other side, creationism is about the origin, evolution is about the road from the origin to now).

My favorite answer was the one from Miss Vermont. She was one of the few (or perhaps the only one) who knew what evolution is.

Public schools should teach that the word theory in science means a different thing than the word theory in common parlance. In science, it means it has been tested many times and it is a fact or very close to a fact. What people call "theory" in common speech, scientists call "hypothesis" or "conjecture" (in the case of mathematics).
I think this discrepancy is what creates so much confusion.
joshua_the_bear
Jul. 5th, 2011 08:17 am (UTC)
This. Very much this.
vikjha
Jul. 13th, 2011 09:10 pm (UTC)
what he said
tonymaacaroni
Jul. 5th, 2011 03:35 pm (UTC)
yes and no
I think it is more visceral than that because the concept of evolution challenges core religious belief. It challenges the Genesis version of creation and because of that, they think it must be wrong. Remember that faith is belief without evidence. The thought of entertaining the idea that several Bronze Age (and earlier) tribes with a monotheistic belief system might have made the whole thing up is too difficult an argument to have...it goes to heart of whether there is an Abrahamic god at all.

So they will discount hundreds of years and thousands of scientific experiments and ensuing evidence and find the one scientific paper that contradicts this. They will say 'it's just a theory' and 'there's no proof'...even though in both respects, they are wrong.
spitphyre
Jul. 5th, 2011 07:30 pm (UTC)
Re: yes and no
Well, as an above argument states, it really DOESN'T contradict the creation story. Not unless you take the literal interpretation of Genesis which many churches no longer do. If you take the word "day" out of it then the story of evolution and the possibility that the current accepted scientific hypothesis for how the universe came into being actually work. The people that rabidly fight the teaching of evolution are a vocal minority. Unfortunately, the majority still believes that evolution should be taught with the Abrahamic creation myth and they don't fully understand how evolution works.

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