Friday, July 8, 2011

Miss America Question

This video mocks the infamous question from the Miss America Pageant a few weeks ago.  The judges asked the contestants, "Should evolution be taught in schools?"  This seems like a no-brainer to anyone with a clue.  YES we should teach the unifying theory of biology in a biology classroom.  Apparently only two of the contestants agreed.  But really, who cares what they think?  They are in a beauty pageant not defending a dissertation.

Even if all the contestants agreed with the simple idea of teaching science in a science classroom, the most distressing part is the question itself.  They asked if EVOLUTION should be taught in schools!  They did not ask if CREATIONISM should be taught in schools.  The judges framed the question to put more doubt into the science side of the debate.  YES evolution should be taught in schools.  Period.  Should creationism be taught in schools?  That question illuminates a ideological or pedagogical point that is actually debatable.

Anyways, enough ranting.  Here is the mockery: Should MATH be taught in schools?

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