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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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monksp
Jul. 5th, 2011 04:55 am (UTC)
I think that a huge part of the issue always comes back to the word theory. Theory in Actual Science means something different that we use it in every day parlance. Almost nothing in any scientific discipline is classified as a Law. The use of the word Theory is basically a shorthand for "We've done a metric fuckton of experiments that all produce results that are predicted by our hypothesis. It's entirely possible that invisible unicorns are using weaponized fairy dust to cause this to happen every time we run our experiment so we won't say this is an actual, undeniable fact, but after exhaustive observation, it always holds true."

Most people don't understand that there's a very significant difference in meaning between the words hypothesis and theory, though, because it's not emphasized much if at all in high school science classes, and so use them interchangeably. Because of that, they see "Theory of evolution" and don't realize that it's not on the same level as my theory that my boss is a jerk because he got too many wedgies in elementary school.
AmberLee Dingess
Jul. 5th, 2011 05:56 pm (UTC)
damned "invisible unicorns" and their "weaponized fairy dust"... stealing my left socks every single time I do a wash! :) love this.

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