In an ironic sort of reverse Darwinism, the Oklahoma state legislature is challenging Tennessee's in the race for the title of the world's stupidest imaginable governing body.
Mother Jones reports that the Okie state House has sent forward a bill that would allow students in science classes to insist that, say, humans existed with dinosaurs, if that is their religious belief. And the kicker — teachers would not be allowed to penalize them with a bad grade.
From the MJ story: In biology class, public school students can't generally argue that dinosaurs and people ran around Earth at the same time, at least not without risking a big fat F. But that could soon change for kids in Oklahoma: On Tuesday, the Oklahoma Common Education committee is expected to consider a House bill that would forbid teachers from penalizing students who turn in papers attempting to debunk almost universally accepted scientific theories such as biological evolution and anthropogenic (human-driven) climate change.
Where was this theory of education when I was growing up? I could have come up with some pretty awesome religious-based science test answers if I'd only had that option. I believe that rain, for instance, is caused by Jesus weeping — at this kind of crap.