Saturday, April 02, 2005

A work of fiction, I trust.

Surfing through the web out of boredom and laziness, I stumbled onto this article. It must be some sort of joke. After all, what are the odds that a Christian community rallies against a teacher named Scopes? (;

Excerpt 1: Two weeks ago parent volunteer Holly R. Thanthow took a break from passing out Jack Chick tracts in the school's courtyard to visit her son's fourth period class taught by newcomer John Scopes. What she saw there shocked her to the core.

"He asked them to find the area under a curve- without using cubits at all. I raised religious objections since the lesson completely goes against Genesis 7:20, but he said my son had to do the work anyway. When I asked Mr. Scopes to refrain from teaching from his so-called 'math textbook' he flat out refused. I know, I couldn't believe it myself."

Excerpt 2: Matters came to a head a few days later when Scopes reportedly presented an equation and asked the students to 'solve for the unknown,' a direct affront to parents who had spent years telling their children about the unknowable vastness of God only to have some big-city joker tell them that they can simply solve it with his demonic number magick.

Anyways, back to work. I've a class presentation due Monday, and with any luck I can understand both the proofs and the motivations by then.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

You know what they say about satire, somthing along the lines of "Great satire is hard to distinguish from the real thing.".