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Testing Prescription

California’s Governator has vetoed a bill that would have mandated public schools in the state to teach about climate change as part of the science curriculum.

Why?

In his veto statement, Schwarzenegger said he supported education that spotlights the dangers of climate change. However, the Republican governor said he was opposed to educational mandates from Sacramento.

“I continue to believe that the state should refrain from being overly prescriptive in specific school curriculum, beyond establishing rigorous academic standards,” he said.

“Overly prescriptive”? Don’t look now but we’re already doing that to the school curriculum as a result of the whole do-or-die standardized testing structure in the US.

The narrow focus of the exams on the lowest common denominator of reading and math skills basically prescribes the curriculum studied by students in most California schools and elsewhere.

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2 Comments

  1. Dave

    Two wrongs don’t make a right.

    (But two Wrights make an airplane.)

    First you’ve got to fix where the problem is coming from — we need to stop enacting bad laws. Once we stop making new bad laws, we can clean up the ones on the books.

  2. Tim

    Bad pun, good point. But the only way to prevent bad laws is to stop electing bad (in the clueless, ineffective sense, not necessarily evil) people to represent us.

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