As we’ve discussed many times here, that education ‘reformers’ have nothing to say about the infiltration of creationism into school curricula–and even align themselves who those who either cynically abet or outright support the bastardization of our science curricula–is something that is almost never raised, even as it puts the lie to the notion that they believe in ‘students first’ (to use a phrase). Not surprisingly, Digby is one of the few people who also has made this connection (boldface mine):
I’d just like to point out to the Obama campaign lobbyist in question Robert Gibbs, in case he and the rest of these idiot so-called liberals don’t know it: the reason teachers have tenure is so that throwback neanderthals can’t fire them for teaching reality instead of superstitious nonsense. The idea that the Republicans are worried about “bad teachers” when they encourage the practice of kids being taught at home by parents who aren’t qualified to teach someone how to get up in the morning is a joke. They want to make sure that children are indoctrinated in their worldview….
So before any liberals get on the education “reform” bandwagon they really need to consider what these conservatives consider bad teaching. It likely isn’t what they think it is.
I blame creationism on the teachers unions.