“Schools have a responsibility under law to ensure children are insulated from political activity and campaigning in the classroom,” said a Department for Education spokesperson. “While faith schools, rightly, have the freedom to teach about sexual relations and marriage in the context of their own religion, that should not extend to political campaigning.”
Rightly? Would it be equally right for so-called faith schools to have the freedom to teach the biological sciences, say, ‘in the context of their own religion’?
Jen reckons my item about Miss USA contestants being ‘scared to death’ at the prospect of having to answer questions on evolution and nudity was simply a pathetic excuse for upping the babe-count on Gruts.
In on-camera interviews set to be posted on the official Miss USA website, 2011 pageant hopefuls are being asked if they believe evolution should be taught in schools, and if they would ever pose for nude photographs…
“The girls are scared to death…” said Keith Lewis … executive state pageant director for California, New York and New Hampshire. “The girls are concerned that there is a right or wrong answer. Polarizing questions often create a situation where you suffer … if you agree, and if you do not. The girls need to answer in a way that brings them to a common ground.”
Coincidentally, ‘do you believe evolution should be taught in schools?’ and ‘would you ever pose for nude photographs?’ are two of my favourite chat-up lines. Which finally explains why I never managed to cop-off with any Miss USA contestants.
Thinking about it, wouldn’t the world be a much better place if we left all ‘controversial’ questions to Miss USA contestants to find ‘common ground’ on behalf of all mankind? We could banish hunger and bring about world peace at the say-so on a bunch of bikini-clad babes. What’s not to like? It has to be better than leaving such matters to parliamentary process and international diplomacy.
Man’s ability to digest starchy foods like the potato may explain our success on the planet, genetic work suggests.
According to current evolutionary theory, man evolved in Africa, whereas the potato evolved in South America. The two were not destined to meet until long after human beings had evolved their ability to digest starch.
Pedantic, I know, but the next thing you know, the tabloids will be claiming that we evolved from chips, not chimps.
(And yes, I know we didn’t evolve from chimps, but the tabloids probably don’t.)