Tuesday, December 27, 2005

From "teach the controversy" to "teach nothing"

In the wake of the Dover decision, Florida Gov Jeb Bush was being oh so careful to side step a Miami Herald journalist’s question about intelligent design.

In Florida, education officials and science teachers will be reviewing the state's science curriculum in 2007 or 2008, after the governor has left office, and ''it is possible that people would make an effort to include [intelligent design] in the debate,'' Gov. Bush told The Watchdog Report on Wednesday. ''My personal belief is we ought to look at whether our standards are high first,'' he said.

You can almost see the First Brother’s handler in the background nodding encouragingly. Then he blew his cover:

The Watchdog Report asked a follow-up question: Does the governor believe in Darwin's theory of evolution?

Bush said: ``Yeah, but I don't think it should actually be part of the curriculum, to be honest with you. And people have different points of view and they can be discussed at school, but it does not need to be in the curriculum.''


Anonymous Nacho said...

Thanks for this post and link! Too funny, too tragic also. I've been having some interesting conversations in my blog about Intelligent Design, Evolution, etc. Given this nice blog, you might find them interesting. In any case, thanks for the blog, and thanks for your efforts. Truly appreciated!

12/29/05, 8:10 AM  
Blogger another orphan said...

Oh my aching head! Raise the standards, but don't include the fundamental theory of biology!

This isn't cognitive dissonance; it's cognitive noise!

12/29/05, 4:02 PM  
Blogger Zen Unbound said...

Obviously, Jeb was talking about ID -- rather than evolution -- that he thinks needn't be part of the curriculum.

12/29/05, 10:58 PM  

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