Friday, January 12, 2007

Federal Way and Opposing Viewpoints

The Seattle PI runs one of those articles that make me scream:

This week in Federal Way schools, it got a lot more inconvenient to show one of the top-grossing documentaries in U.S. history, the global-warming alert "An Inconvenient Truth."

After a parent who supports the teaching of creationism and opposes sex education complained about the film, the Federal Way School Board on Tuesday placed what it labeled a moratorium on showing the film. The movie consists largely of a computer presentation by former Vice President Al Gore recounting scientists' findings.

"Condoms don't belong in school, and neither does Al Gore. He's not a schoolteacher," said Frosty Hardison, a parent of seven who also said that he believes the Earth is 14,000 years old. "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."

Oh, but it gets better when you get down to the school board's reaction:

School Board members adopted a three-point policy that says teachers who want to show the movie must ensure that a "credible, legitimate opposing view will be presented," that they must get the OK of the principal and the superintendent, and that any teachers who have shown the film must now present an "opposing view."

The requirement to represent another side follows district policy to represent both sides of a controversial issue, board President Ed Barney said.

"What is purported in this movie is, 'This is what is happening. Period. That is fact,' " Barney said.

Students should hear the perspective of global-warming skeptics and then make up their minds, he said. After they do, "if they think driving around in cars is going to kill us all, that's fine, that's their choice."

This seems absolutely nonsensical to me. Of course, this is the same school board that bans novels about censorship and jumped the gun on suing the state for more money.

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Blogger Mrs. T said...

I am apalled that there are people who think this whole "global warming nonsense" is just something that Al Gore made up to make W look bad and to attack Christians. Hello? Ever heard of Rachel Carson? This infuriates me to no end and now I am going to buy a copy of the "Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress" book.

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Blogger Nic said...

I like how that one parents points out that Al Gores doesn't belong in the classroom because "he's not a school teacher," yet has apparently appointed himself curriculum specialist.

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