Report From Dover, PA

Ken AshfordEducation, GodstuffLeave a Comment

The non-online New Yorker had a good article about the machinations of the Dover, Pennsylvania school board who wanted to insert a religious-based curriculum into the public schools, including the teaching of intelligent design.

Fortunately, the American Taliban on the school board were voted out of office, and the curriculum nonsense was put to an end.

But the New Yorker articles contains some unknown facts, including this, via Crooked Timber:

The night after the board approved the evolution disclaimer, Brad Neal, a social-studies teacher at the high school, had an e-mail exchange with [assistant superintendent Mike] Baksa. “In light of last night’s apparent change from a ‘standards-driven’ school district to the ‘living-word-driven’ school district … I would like some direction in how to adapt our judicial-branch unit,” Neal wrote. “It is apparent that the Supreme Court of the United States has it all wrong. Is there some supplemental text that we can use to set our students straight as to the ‘real’ law of the land? We will be entering this unit within the next month and are concerned that we would be polluting our students’ minds if we continue to use our curriculum as currently written in accordance with [state] standards.”

Neal’s message was sarcastic, but Baksa’s reply was not. “Brad, all kidding aside, be careful what you ask for,” he wrote back. I’ve been given a copy of ‘The Myth of Separation,’ by David Barton, to review from board members. Social studies curriculum is next year. Feel free to borrow my copy to get an idea where the board is coming from.”

Anyone familiar with this book "The Myth of Separation" and the Christian Nation propagandist David Barton?  You should be.  I shudder to think that this was contemplated being taught in schools.