Texas in the news again...
In its neverending quest to cast science down into disrepute and into the hellfires of Sodom, the state of Texas has decided to stop teaching kids about Neil Armstrong and Apollo XI - Fark
Children shouldn't be learning about the first man to walk on the moon, after all. Not in Texas.
I keep wondering what kind of dumbosity people associated with the Texas Board of Education can come up with next, and I keep being surprised at the depths of teh stoopid. And this time it’s not creationism!
It’s NASA. According to Houston Chronicle blogger Eric Berger, there’s a proposal to remove Neil Armstrong’s name from social studies textbooks.
Yes, you read that correctly. The proposal was suggested by teachers and parents reviewing materials, because Armstrong "is not a scientist".
Wha wha whaaaa?
I could argue that technically that’s correct, since Armstrong’s an engineer, which is different than a research scientist. Still, he did do some modicum of science when he walked on the frakking Moon. I think maybe he should be given the benefit of the doubt on this one*
Plus, his foot was the first planted on another world, and maybe we’re not being too tough on students to know that. And the irony that this is Texas! They have a big city there called Houston which has some NASA ties, as in "Houston, Tranquility Base here. The Eagle has landed."
So, to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills review team, this one’s for you:
Theism is why we can't have nice things.