This…

I went to attend a screening of the creationist propaganda movie, Expelled, a few minutes ago. Well, I tried … but I was Expelled! It was kind of weird – I was standing in line, hadn’t even gotten to the point where I had to sign in and show ID, and a policeman pulled me out of line and told me I could not go in. I asked why, of course, and he said that a producer of the film had specifically instructed him that I was not to be allowed to attend….

…reminded me of this…

Bumper sticker on the Plaza in Kansas City, July 2007

…and this…

SECOND REGULAR SESSION

HOUSE BILL NO. 1315

94TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY

…Section A. Chapter 173, RSMo, is amended by adding thereto one new section, to be known as section 173.057, to read as follows:

173.057. 1. The provisions of this section shall be known and cited as the “Emily Brooker Higher Education Sunshine Act”. As used in this section, “intellectual diversity” is defined as the diversity of ideas that provides the foundation of a learning environment that exposes students to a variety of political, ideological, religious, and other perspectives, when such perspectives relate to the subject matter being taught or issues being discussed. As used in this section, “free exchange of ideas” includes intellectual pluralism and students’ right to learn in an environment that exposes them to an abundance of new knowledge, different perspectives, competing ideas, and alternative claims of truth….

[emphasis added]

This is retarded nonsense.

What students need to develop is the skill to think critically. And that means that not all opposing, competing or controversial views are equal.

Most stupidity has been debunked a long time ago. True, our work as educators is never done. We just shouldn’t have to watch the General Assembly add to the work load.

What did Missouri NEA have to say about HB 1315?:

Missouri NEA strongly opposes this additional layer of bureaucracy and unneeded intrusion on local control of our public higher education institutions.  The Association also opposes this rigid mandate to promote “intellectual diversity” and undermine the cardinal value of academe: the pursuit of truth.  This proposal is akin to state mandates for “intelligent design” in science instruction, where the proposals mandate presentation of “diverse” views on all subjects, even those where the pursuit of truth has led to the practical certainty of answers to particular academic questions.

These mandates do not serve an academic purpose; rather, they serve a political agenda to promote controversy at all costs and the politicization of educational programs.  A mandate to promote “intellectual diversity” undermines the effort to hire the most qualified applicants for faculty positions, since it creates the expectation that hiring committees will pry into the personal lives and ideological viewpoints of applicants and give those factors weight in the hiring process.  This undermines an institution’s pursuit of excellence and, instead, promotes controversy and politics in the hiring process.

[emphasis added]

Who was responsible for this abomination?

INTRODUCED BY REPRESENTATIVES CUNNINGHAM (86) (Sponsor), SCHARNHORST, JONES (89), COX, NIEVES, STEVENSON, DAVIS, DUSENBERG, SCHAD, NOLTE AND McGHEE (Co-sponsors)

Rep. Cunningham received her Bachelor of Science degree in business administration with an emphasis in economics and marketing from Florida State University…

Maybe she should ask for her money back.

…A 1966 graduate of Northwest High School in St. Louis, Rep. Scharnhorst attended Jefferson College from 1966-1967 and Meramac Community College from 1989 to 1990…

Rep. Jones is a graduate of St. Louis University High School. He received his B.A. with a double major in English and Russian Studies from Fordham University and his J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law…

Stanley graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Central Missouri State University-Warrensburg in 1971 and a juris doctorate from the University of Missouri-Columbia Law School in 1976…

Rep. Brian D. Nieves…A 1983 graduate of Pacific HIgh School in Franklin County…also serves as a substitute high school teacher…

Rep. Stevenson received an associate in applied science degree in aviation technology from Tarrant County Junior College in 1989 and graduated cum laude with a bachelor of applied arts and sciences from the University of North Texas in 1995. In addition to earning his juris doctor from Georgetown University Law Center 1999…

…A 1978 graduate of Needham High School in Needham, Mass., Rep. Davis majored in Church Music at Nyack College in Nyack, N.Y…

Rep. Dusenberg graduated from Warrenton High School in 1964. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from University of Missouri-Kansas City and a master’s in the administration of criminal justice from Central Missouri State University…

…A 1972 graduate of Morgan Co. R-II High School in Versailles, Mo, Rep. Schad attended the University of Missouri-Columbia and Central Missouri State University…

…A 1973 graduate of Oak Park High School in Kansas City, Missouri, Rep. Nolte received an Associate of Arts degree from Maple Woods Community College in 1975…

Rep. McGhee graduated Van Horn High School in 1966….

They all get an ‘F’. Maybe they should all ask for their money back…