Archive for September, 2011

Political war on science

Sunday, September 25th, 2011

Fred Grimm from the Miami Herald has a good article about the very real and very scary Republican political war on science that’s worth a read. For Republican candidates, politics trump science.

[Florida Lt. Gov. Jennifer] Carroll, in her fire-and-brimstone speech on Thursday, spoke disparagingly of how “some of our political leaders bow down to scientists and let them have the stage to push their evolution.” She made it plenty clear that the coming Republican revolution would no longer allow “the minority to poison the minds of the majority.”

Give an inch, take a mile

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

Class size limitations were relaxed by the Florida legislature and it’s taken a while to see what the real-world results would be. As many predicted, it’s not good. Not good at all. In Broward, some class sizes overflowing despite state caps.

In Anne Skurnick’s earth science class, sixth-graders conduct laboratory experiments on the floor because there isn’t enough space.

Just one month into the new school year, teachers in the Broward School District say their classrooms are overflowing. The reason: Lawmakers added flexibility to the state’s class-size law and Broward cut about 1,000 teachers to help balance its budget. Teachers say that means they have less one-on-one attention to give students, take longer to grade and return homework, and can’t cover as much material in class.

The most startling class size difference this year is perhaps in Advanced Placement and foreign language. Those courses were limited to 25 students per class last year, but now can have 30, 40 or even more students — a scenario that upsets parents.

At Pines Middle in Pembroke Pines, Skurnick’s biggest class is 29 — that’s seven students over the limit. As an earth science teacher, she does one lab experiment a week.

But she has a regular classroom — not a lab — and little room to move around. To make space, she shoves the desks to either side of the room and has students sit on the floor.

“It looks like sardines,” she said of her classroom.

At Monarch High in Coconut Creek, Cunningham’s biggest geography class has 37 students. Another has 34. Because his classroom has 30 desks, Cunningham sat the extra students at a table.

“It’s easy for them to get off task,” he said.

AiG in Florida

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

Sad and discouraging story: Answers in Genesis conference in Florida

Rick Lindsey, minister of students at Hibernia, said over 900 were in attendance at the Aug. 28 evening session.

In explaining the prevalence of evolution as the basis for education, Riddle offered an explanation of the scientific definition. He said, “We must be discerning” because although most of the criteria is not met for evolution to have occurred, it is simply not challenged.

Much to the delight of children—of all ages—in the audience, Riddle showed humorous slides of various dinosaur shapes and discussed whether dinosaurs could have existed with humans on earth.

Evolutionists would deny they could have, but evidence, and Scripture indicates otherwise, Riddle said. In one slide, Riddle showed what one of the long tails described would have looked like on an elephant—and other large animals.

“Commentary can be wrong and embarrassing,” Riddle said, showing another slide of engravings on a brass ring around the tomb of a British bishop believed to be from 1496. “The evidence is overwhelming at that point. It refutes the entire evolution story.”

“You rule out the truth if you cannot accept the truth,” Riddle said. “You accept anything in its place. That’s what evolution is.”

Riddle’s remarks prompted a member of the audience to ask, “Shouldn’t it be illegal for a government institution to teach false information?”

Not skipping a beat, Riddle said the institutions are covered by state laws and protected. “The government, basically, is at war with Christianity,” he explained.