Thursday, January 24, 2013

Schools as Tools of Political Leverage

 Consider THIS story, about the Wyoming legislature's proposed bill to allow Bible as literature classes in Wyoming public schools.

Opponents say that the bill is useless because such classes are already allowed and the Supreme Court has explicitly allowed them.

The bill's sponsors don't even deny these criticisms. They claim that the bill is designed to help "reassure" schools and "raise awareness." In other words, the bill is nothing but fluff, a way of demonstrating something (though what that something is, precisely, is a bit of a mystery) about the separation of church and state.

What's clear is that in this case the House Education Committee is absolutely unconcerned with issues of education, instead choosing to use their power to maneuver schools into their own ideaological battles.

Well, done, ladies and gentlemen. Well done.

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