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Making It Illegal To Fail Science Students Who Argue Humans Co-Existed With Dinosaurs

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Oklahoma is moving forward with a law that could ban Biology teachers from failing students who argue that humans co-existed with dinosaurs.

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Tim C (2420)
Saturday February 23, 2013, 12:21 am

David C (29)
Saturday February 23, 2013, 12:23 am
had to be a Republican State Representative.

jo M. (3)
Saturday February 23, 2013, 2:03 am
Why would they be subject to fail based on one issue? Surely a whole class would not revolve around the issue of whether dinosaurs and humans did or did not exist at the same time.

Bill K (3)
Saturday February 23, 2013, 4:34 am
hopefully this idea of letting students make up their own science will spread to other subjects. i could have gotten much better grades if only my algebra teacher had listened to me when i turned in my slightly different-looking homework.

Jodi Ashley (2)
Saturday February 23, 2013, 6:05 am
Hopefully people aren't this stupid. Thank Goddess I homeschool

Many Feathers (139)
Saturday February 23, 2013, 6:42 am
didnt anyone watch Jurassic Park 3303 B.C. ?

Ro H (0)
Saturday February 23, 2013, 7:20 am

Michael O (176)
Saturday February 23, 2013, 11:04 am
Only in America...

Dori C (17)
Saturday February 23, 2013, 12:40 pm

Birgit W (160)
Saturday February 23, 2013, 2:50 pm

Anthony Hilbert (6)
Saturday February 23, 2013, 3:06 pm
There have been other countries that thought they could make scientific truth a matter of politics, and they paid the price. Germany could have had the atom bomb before the Allies if they hadn't outlawed quantum mechanics as "Jewish science." The USSR made no progress in plant breeding for thirty years because Stalin ordered them to use Lysenko's theories of genetics.

You can pass all the laws you like, but reality doesn't care.

Helen Porter (39)
Saturday February 23, 2013, 3:39 pm
The page the "visit site" button brings up is stuck on the top part of it. If there's a petition, I can't sign it because of the stuckness thereof. I might check back latter.

Making It Illegal To Fail Science Students Who Argue Humans Co-Existed With Dinosaurs

Well, they did.


janet f (29)
Saturday February 23, 2013, 4:14 pm
This is so stupid. The US is going to have an entire generation of children from the south raised to think the bible is the absolute scientific truth. A generation of idiots.

Christina R. (0)
Saturday February 23, 2013, 5:16 pm
An essay is an expression of an opinion based on evidence. It the argument is well enough presented, with citations for and against, and it leads to the conclusion the author intends it to have, what's wrong with that? I could do the same to show that there are grounds for believing that there is conscious life after death. It doesn't make it true, or even gives my personal opinion, but it would show an understanding of the form of the essay.
Perhaps we should do our homework on just what is being tested. A 'fail' mark is nothing compared with a fatwah on a poet, or stoning a rape victim to death, or a murder charge on a mercy killing.

Michael M (5)
Saturday February 23, 2013, 5:28 pm
What is with these stupid red states who try to inject their so-called false religious BS into Science? You want to know why US kids are failing math and science? It's because of states like Oklahoma and their inability to think rationally.

greenplanet e (155)
Saturday February 23, 2013, 6:01 pm
Stupid and concerning.

g d c (0)
Saturday February 23, 2013, 6:03 pm
are they kidding???

Past Member (0)
Saturday February 23, 2013, 8:10 pm
My first reacion (to the title alone) was identical to that of Jo M. But then I read the article. It's not about failing per se: the law would forbid a science teacher from using any form of penalization, for any argument a kid feels like making, regardless of scientific basis or even relevance to the class. Horrible.

Hey, wait, this also means the kid could argue for the truth of ancient obscure creation myths, or their own made-up ideology, or the existence of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, or the existence of EQUESTRIA! Oh I bet Gus Blackwell would just LOVE that! Hahahaha!

. (0)
Sunday February 24, 2013, 6:54 am
OH MY............

Gloria H (88)
Sunday February 24, 2013, 7:33 pm
The now extinct (?) cartoon strip Alley Oop had dinosaurs and people together, B.C comic strip, Flintstones also features them. Who knows what the Loc Ness Monster is, or what lurks in the bottom of the ocean. Maybe to be real precise as to what is a dinosaur, does it have to be extinct to be classified as one.
Maybe what really matters is can the student give you back correct change with your order of fries?
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