Well, that is just tough! – UPDATED

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Another Republican Creationist Running for Office:
[Via Dispatches from the Culture Wars]
Little Green Footballs has a post about Marco Rubio, who is running for the Senate in Florida against Gov. Charlie Crist. Rubio makes the same old tired arguments, all of them perfect examples of special pleading. Like this one:

The “crux” of the disagreement, according Rubio, is “whether what a parent teaches their children at home should be mocked and derided and undone at the public school level. It goes to the fundamental core of who is ultimately, primarily responsible for the upbringing of children. Is it your public education system or is it your parents?”

Rubio added, “And for me, personally, I don’t want a school system that teaches kids that what they’re learning at home is wrong.”


If what you are teaching them at home actually conflicts with objective facts, then they need to learn that you are wrong! Just because you are their parents does not mean you get a free pass lying to your children about reality.

The education system is there to educate our children. If parents want to miseducate their children, tough. Otherwise, why have schools?

Yet these guys keep getting elected. Tough for all of us, I guess. As Friedrich Schiller wrote “Mit der Dummheit kämpfen Götter selbst vergebens.” (Look it up.) Let’s hope it is not in vain.

[UPDATE – Paul Krugman had an column recently that addressed our failing education system. Far from leading the world, we are actually slightly below average. Higher education is getting gutted.]

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