Wednesday, December 15, 2004

Church & State

It's being widely reported today that the ACLU and Americans United for Separation of Church and State are suing the School District of Dover, PA over a plan to introduce Intelligent Design as an alternative theory to evolution in the ninth-grade curriculum. Dover is a hop, skip and jump away from RNR's blogcave; in fact, one of our parishioners teaches music in that district. Local reaction (or perhaps coverage) has been predictably disappointing: chirpy teens declaring themselves in favor of considering all points of view.

So far, RNR's parishioner hasn't brought the issue up: he seems more concerned with the ever-increasing burden of state guidelines meant to ensure high-quality education.

Which is exactly why this is such a devilish issue for the blue-footed. Teachers are too burdened by stupid beaucratic educational theories to fight back against stupid theocratic educational theories. Meanwhile, the idea that ID is not a responsible scientific perspective is much more difficult to get ahold of than the notion that all ideas ought to be considered.

And perhaps they should.

Wouldn't you have liked it if your ninth grade biology teacher were as exciting as saying: "Creationism is a bunch of crap! Next topic..."?


Agape Press, Focus on the Family's version of Pravda, reports that a Christian university in Colorado has been turned down for state educational assistance. No reason reported, at least none from the state.

What makes this story interesting to RNR is that the
Rocky Mountain News is reporting the same story nearly word-for-word. We thought reporters were supposed to come up with their own stories, instead of transcriptions of press releases?


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At 10:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Rocky Mountain News is reporting the same story nearly word-for-word. We thought reporters were supposed to come up with their own stories, instead of transcriptions of press releases?"

It depends how self-respecting a paper is. I used to write press releases for a non-profit. Larger papers (such as the city dailies), if the press release piqued their interest, would use the info in it as a starting point & do their own reporting. Smaller papers, (such as small town weeklies), which were understaffed, in need of filler, and made little pretense of practicing serious journalism, would run the release verbatim, without attribution. Guess that says something about the Rocky Mountain News.

 
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