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Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Politics of the Day

"...In addition, the board rewrote the definition of science, so that it is no longer limited to the search for natural explanations of phenomena."

Link. Yeah, I know you know.

But if you have a sec, let me share a story with you. At my Grandparents' place, in the 3rd world, there is a kid who they have hired as kind of a night watchman. While he's on duty, he studies incessantly (which is cool with us). Then he sleeps during the day; except on those days when he has classes and exams.

He is putting himself through college this way. He is sacrificing a great deal; but when I talk to him, learning is, in itself, something incredibly powerful for him. It is not just giving him new opportunities, but it's letting him find an identity and make sense of an increasingly turbulent and technical world.

I'm amazed at kids like this. I'm amazed that there are kids across the world who would (and do) makes enormous sacrifices to learn, so they can be productive, and do cool things.

But I'm also amazed at Americans. How is it that we can - with all the advantages in the world, security, stability, education, etc - still let people deny kids the chance to learn how to learn, by voiding the scientific method itself?

I am so disgusted by this I can hardly express my contempt. These American mullahs should move to Saudi Arabia or Iran - the only other two places in the world where people actually spend so much time and energy institutionalizing fear, ignorance, and stupidity.

-- umair // 3:38 AM // 0 comments


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