Sunday, February 20, 2011

Creating a Stir

The governor is talking about consolidating school districts. Your LakeCountyEye expects his proposal to float as well as his other lead trial balloons. Nearly every Illinois school has its own district because voters like local control, and they are not likely to dilute their control just to cut a few bucks from the State budget.

Local control means control over your school's curriculum. And here in Lake County the voters in Fremont Township will get a chance in the April election to teach their kids creationism. As reported by the Daily Herald ...
Two candidates for the Fremont School District 79 board — including the panel's current president — believe creationism should be taught alongside evolution in science classes.
Candidates: Teach creationism in science classes
The two candidates, board President Sandra Bickley and Kim Hansen, are running for 4 year terms.

Operatives are assumed to be acquainted with the basic principles of evolution. You no-doubt observe how survival of the fittest works in the raw every day. If you do not, you aren't an operative.

Whether or not evolution is taught in science classes is ultimately up to the individual school boards. And should it come as a surprise that they prefer to teach their children pseudo-science, in Fremont Township? Isn't Fremont Township after all, somewhere in the ante-bellum south of Lake County? Conventional wisdom dictates that creationism would never be taught at a real school, say, Barrington High. Well, ha ha, your LakeCountyEye has learned that of the six candidates for the Barrington Community Unit School District 220 Board, three prefer to teach creationism.

This area enjoys a well deserved rep for some nationally-ranked high schools: Stevenson, New Trier, Fremd, etc. But you better double check that syllabus before moving to one of these top-of-the-line school districts. The barbarians might just be at the gated community.

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