Evolution and the Big Bang Theory have always been controversial lessons in school, so much so that Senator Mary Souza (R – Coeur d'Alene) is trying to make it easier for parents to take kids out when that time comes up. “We really want to empower parents to get back into the relationship with teachers, and with administrators and school boards to become active participants in their children's education," she said. Souza authored the bill, which basically gives parents the authority to pull their kids from class if the material interferes with the parent's beliefs.The proposal is almost trivial. Just formalizing a procedure that already happens informally in largely rural states where sane people form a majority. It wouldn't happen in wacked insane asylums like NY, but those places are unsalvageable. Even so, the wacked-out ones are screeching and word-salading against this proposal. Heard on radio just now: "What happens when these kids get to college? They've missed large parts of science." NO. DEAD WRONG. EXACTLY WRONG. Think in terms of zero-sum memory usage. A kid who has spent less time in public school science classes will be MORE ready to learn real science, because the 'science connections' in his mind haven't been shorted out by useless nonsense. And that's even WITHOUT considering the civilization-smashing megacrimes like "global warming" and "multiverses" and "quantum physics". I'm just talking about the standard public-school methods of teaching science. Repeat a superficial set of verbal factoids every year. Same factoids over and over. Never let the kid engage in real observation or experimentation. A kid who is out of class during those hours, riding his bike or throwing rocks or climbing trees, will do vastly more OBSERVATION and THINKING about the real world than he would get from the endless repetition of subject headings in "science" class.
Polistra was named after the original townsite of Manhattan (the one in Kansas). When I was growing up in Manhattan, I spent a lot of time exploring by foot, bike, and car. I discovered the ruins of an old mill along Wildcat Creek, and decided (inaccurately) that it was the remains of the original site of Polistra. Accurate or not, I've always liked the name, with its echoes of Poland (an under-appreciated friend of freedom) and stars. ==== The title icon is explained here. ==== Switchover: This 2007 entry marks a sharp change in worldview from neocon to pure populist. ===== The long illustrated story of Polistra's Dream is a time-travel fable, attempting to answer the dangerous revision of New Deal history propagated by Amity Shlaes. The Dream has 8 episodes, linked in a chain from the first. This entry explains the Shlaes connection.