Nov 5 2013
08:33 am

In case you missed it, the legislation enabling Tennessee's school textbook selection committee is up for sunset review, meaning the panel could get a makeover or even be eliminated.

The State Senate is holding hearings this week. Tom Humphrey reports on the first day.

There appear to be some legitimate concerns, such as members not showing up for review meetings and unreasonable bonding requirements for publishers. The usual suspects also bring the usual right-wing hair-on-fire rhetoric. Chief among them is Stacey Campfield, who thinks parents should get to vote on what goes in textbooks or something.

This would presumably lead to the Fox and Friends idiocracy correcting school textbooks to include well known facts such as the Earth is only 6,000 years old, the Civil War was fought over liberty and freedom from government oppression, the holocaust never happened, the Apollo moon landings were faked, Ronald Reagan was the first president, Obama is a Muslim born in Kenya, and anthropogenic climate change is a hoax.

Greg H's picture

Science vs Democracy?

So we should have a popular vote on whether a scientific fact is valid? OMG This is why Jefferson and Franklin thought having an educated populace was so important to democracy! If a bunch of dumbasses get to decide what our schools teach, pretty soon everyone will be a dumbass!

Joe328's picture

I support teaching the Theory

I support teaching the Theory of Evolution in public schools, but it's only a theory. When it becomes the "Law Of Evolution" then it's a valid scientific fact. A few scientist have falsified data to support the Law Of Evolution, which has been a setback to education.

Stick's picture

Keep pluckin' that chicken...

Keep pluckin' that chicken...

Treehouse's picture

What you don't know

about Science and Democracy is a lot.

R. Neal's picture

Humphrey reports...

Bbeanster's picture

Senator Gresham represents

Senator Gresham represents Senate District 26 which includes Chester, Decatur, Fayette, Hardeman, Hardin, Haywood, McNairy, and Henderson Counties, while Senator Bell represents Senate District 9 which includes Bradley, McMinn, Meigs, Monroe and Polk Counties.

Obviously the cultural center of the South.

Those counties in D26 must have populations of 13@ ?

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