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Why the Widening Gender Gap In Computer Science?

Bud Dickman Re:Obvious.... (1563 comments)

Well, you and I disagree. I believe Sarah Palin is pushing to get creationism taught as a first step in the door to having only creationism taught. I don't believe she is at all willing to have an honest debate (just watch her debate for an election; she's dishonest and does not answer questions). I also believe that there is a huge gap between what you were originally talking about - suggesting teachers use incorrect theories as teaching aids - and what Sarah Palin wants. I would also be very concerned about how this would be implemented. Does the honest debate go into the textbook? Do you think Sarah Palin wants the textbook chapter to read Chapter 1: Creationism as an Incorrect Theory? I certainly don't. I'm sure she would have it read Chapter 1: Creationism. Chapter 2: Evolution would have to be skipped in the interest of time.

more than 5 years ago
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Why the Widening Gender Gap In Computer Science?

Bud Dickman Re:Obvious.... (1563 comments)

Do you really think in an honest debate biblical creationism stands a chance?

Do you really think that's what Palin is proposing?

more than 5 years ago
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Why the Widening Gender Gap In Computer Science?

Bud Dickman Re:Obvious.... (1563 comments)

That is exactly what she is proposing. That creationism and biblical science be taught as a theory of science and addressed as a theory of science, and that students learn to work through alternate theories. I understand you think she doesn't actually mean that, but that is in fact what she proposed.

"Teach both," she said. "You know, don't be afraid of education. Healthy debate is so important and it's so valuable in our schools. I am a proponent of teaching both." Source

She's talking about debating the facts; you're proposing teaching children by bringing up theories that were disproven. There is a difference. The fact is that she wants both taught because she believes in creationism - not that it is something that was once believed and we can learn critical thinking by evaluating it and then dismissing it - she believes it. What you are suggesting is, in fact, not what she proposed at all.

more than 5 years ago
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Why the Widening Gender Gap In Computer Science?

Bud Dickman Re:Obvious.... (1563 comments)

I think it would be wonderful to teach the biblical theory: flat earth sitting on a firmament; with the sun planets and stars under a dome of water, .... and slowly work through why these ideas were rejected.

That's a fine idea but that's not what Palin proposes; bringing it up in a discussion about Sarah Palin's qualifications as a crazy person is irrelevant.

more than 5 years ago
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Discuss the US Presidential Election

Bud Dickman Re:FiveThirtyEight (1912 comments)

Oh well.

Enjoy your moral high ground. You've bested me. I am ashamed of myself.

more than 5 years ago
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Discuss the US Presidential Election

Bud Dickman Re:FiveThirtyEight (1912 comments)

"The only way we'll have a half-decent president in January is if a miracle happens, and a third party gets elected"

But what if Obama had renounced his party affiliation yesterday and joined a third party - then, by your "logic" he'd be a good president! Perfect! [Just because someone isn't a Democrat or a Republican does not mean they're a saint, genius.]

Hey, I got through that and didn't invoke Nazis once!

more than 5 years ago

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