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Are Americans Hostile To Knowledge?

Original post made by Winslow Arbenaugh, Barron Park, on Feb 17, 2008

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Combine this with Joe Simitian's request to have schools teach about global warming, An interesting Slashdot thread ensues...

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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 17, 2008 at 5:40 am

Warmingism is secular creationism.

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Posted by perspective
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 18, 2008 at 11:33 am

just hostile to teaching only one religion in public schools

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Posted by Norm
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 20, 2008 at 3:59 pm

An amazing number of enlightened intellectuals are enraged if you present facts that run counter to their agenda - even if they support it from a different platform! They can get real pissy with you if you agree for the wrong reason!(?)

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Posted by Paul
a resident of Downtown North
on Feb 27, 2008 at 10:19 pm

Obviously Kellie Pickler is doing just fine without knowing where Budapest is. I bet she cannot even recite the state capitals, that beloved device of my teachers who were too lazy and/or too unintelligent to educate.

Too many educational critics have themselves not learned a fundamental truth: life is not a game of trivial pursuit. Knowing how to learn what one needs to know is far more useful than accumulating a brainful of random unrelated facts.

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Posted by perspective
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 28, 2008 at 3:37 pm

Imagine a President who doesn't know Capitals of States/Nations..or who our allies are and who aren't...(might yet get one like this!)

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Posted by Paul
a resident of Downtown North
on Feb 28, 2008 at 4:47 pm

We haven't had to imagine that since 2001.

I agree, a president should possess a detailed knowledge of history and geography. It's part of the job. But it's been many, many years since anybody asked me about the capitals of North and South Dakota, or Illinois, or Oregon.

Pop quiz: Quick, do you pronounce the capital of Lousiana as "New Orleens" or "New Orleyannes"?

Answer: No, "Baton Rouge" ;-)

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Posted by perspective
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 28, 2008 at 7:27 pm

Same old tired assertion that Bush is an uneducated idiot.

Don't you guys ever get tired of this canard?

OH, Paul, did you go to Yale, and was your GPA higher than Kerry's? ( Bush's was.

Has anyone lately asked Obama if it is ok to invade an ally? If it is ok to forego the Constitution in Presidential powers? If it is ok to go against a Supreme Court ruling as President?

Oh yes..we are pretending he never revealed his ignorance in these matters.

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