Saturday, January 13, 2007

Schools and the 'Truth'

IDIOTIC! That's the best way I can describe a Seattle area school's decision not to allow the screening of Al Gore's movie, An Inconvenient Truth. It would have been one thing if their decision was based on a policy not to show movies, but instead it is based on a need to also then show a movie of the flip side of the argument. Great, so now our schools will have to wait for a global warming skeptic to make a movie calling the theory bunk! Oh no, wait, that's right, John Stossel made a special about global warming - maybe that can be the counterpiece ... so what if the scientific community thinks nothing of Stossel, or his science credentials! (For the record, I really like Stossel, even if he's out there at times, occasionally wrong and sometimes a damn liar!)

But in what I find most troubling was this quote from a parent:
The information that's being presented is a very cockeyed view of what the truth is. The Bible says that in the end times everything will burn up, but that perspective isn't in the DVD.

Wow, I mean ... wow! So now, we have parents who want us to teach science from the perspective of the Bible. I'm speechless!

By the way, if you haven't seen An Inconvenient Truth, do watch it - it is a great movie! There is some grandstanding by Gore, and some obvious efforts to influence potential future voters, but if you can ignore that, the pictures and facts are pretty amazing!

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