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Education Issues In Last Tuesday’s Election

Now that the dust has settled from last Tuesday’s elections, some thoughtful commentary is appearing. Of particular interest to teachers and public employees was the across-the-board failure of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s ballot initiatives in California. Among the proposals that went down in flames was one initiative which would have extended the probationary period of teachers from two to five years, and another which was designed to hamstring the political action operations of public employee unions. In the Washington Post, Harold Meyerson wrote one of the more interesting analyses, Arnold Terminates Himself.

And one of the events which was passed over in the initial election prognostications, the defeat of all eight members of the Dover, Pennsylvania school board who had voted to introduce “intelligent design” into high school biology, is now receiving more attention. Here is the New York Times account. It appears that “natural selection” is an operative principle in school board elections.



  • 1 NYC Educator
    · Nov 16, 2005 at 3:26 pm

    It’ll take the California voters to terminate Arnold, but I think they’ll get that chance next year.

    Wasn’t there another anti-science board somewhere that actually got itself elected? Maybe it was in Kansas.

  • 2 Kombiz
    · Nov 16, 2005 at 3:33 pm

    This is a new board that was elected a few years ago. From my recollection, the first anti-science board was booted, and the subsequent board reversed the anti-evolutionary decrees. This board won the election in ’04, I believe, and took over from the more the more progressive board.

  • 3 redhog
    · Nov 16, 2005 at 4:39 pm

    This country is a land of such improbable extremes. We land people safely on the moon a generation ago, and yet host such a huge block of crusaders against rationality.
    In our trust of scientific reason we must not be lured into smugness and disparagement of faith. Faith is the bedrock and cornerstone of much of civilization. As we assert the primacy of scientific truth, let’s do so without abusing the dignity of those whose revelation obeys other additional calls. As Hamlet said, “There is more in heaven and earth than is dreamt of in your philosophy.” Shakespeare was no slouch.

  • 4 Schoolgal
    · Nov 16, 2005 at 7:32 pm

    I’m glad to see Redhog has that old-time religion (I was beginning to worry about him).

    While I (Yipes!) agree with him, I feel there is a sound basis for separation of church and state which in no way should disparage our beliefs. At the same time, we don’t need some preacher telling us that God will turn his back on us in time of need if we don’t have an anti-science board running the school system.

    When we introduce Myths or Legends there are always stories about creation.

    (On another note:
    Some of us will be needing all your prayers because regions, including mine, are already overruling the new contract and expect bulletin board rules to be followed.)

  • 5 redhog
    · Nov 16, 2005 at 8:17 pm

    There are all kinds of actions that united chapters can take,above board and below radar, that can torment any administration and pound into their skullcases that outrageous pettiness will preclude their survival as viable building leaders.
    My staff would crush underfoot any fiats from gasbags, regardless of their throne of pontification.

  • 6 northbrooklyn
    · Nov 17, 2005 at 8:17 pm

    Getting back to the [ahem] orginal post; I want to see these religious freaks crawl back under the rock they came from…I just want to do a big splashy crazy fun section on dinosaurs for my 3 to 10 year-olds.