Two articles came out in the Atlanta Journal and Constitution today. One was about the Creationism stickers on Cobb County science books entitled,"Evolution Appeal Cites Flawed Logic". The other was about how thousands of high school seniors can't pass the science section of the state graduation test, entitled, "Wanted: Science exam tutoring".
Now, neither of these stories is really new news. The details are new, but it should come of no surprise to anyone living in Georgia or following Georgia news in the national media. Georgia has long been weak on education - 49th in the SAT's. When UPS was moving its headquarters from Connecticut in 1991, it almost passed by Atlanta because of the poor education, but they finally decided that cheap housing and a low cost of living would help them pay for private school for their children. Georgia has also long been a hotbed of ignorance, intolerance, and religious fundamentalism. The KKK was founded here. Countless Blacks were lynched here since the civil war (which the people here have never fully gotten over, but that's another story), plus the only Jew lynched in the United States met his end in Cobb County.
Georgia has its good points, too, but for the most part, those have come from transplants from up north and not so much from the natives. The point is, am I the only one who finds it ironic to see both articles in the paper at the same time? Am I the only one who sees a connection between this fundamentalism and our inability to educate our children?