I know that at least one person here was sad that they missed out on the Who's Your SpyDaddy? t-shirt so I thought I'd mention that TWOP is offering a short-sleeved version of it this month.
Also, they have a new Alias-related shirt too. hee.
ETA: Okay, I really wasn't expecting to be the first post in here.
A new thread?! Good heavens.
I like my haiku.
Haiku is exciting, fun.
But can I spell? Ha!
eta: Apparently I can't format either. Gah! But I can get in under 5! Whoot!
While askye is, indeed, awesome, I have to hold on to a vision of the world where people don't get fired solely for their beliefs, even if they are wrong like a wrong thing. signed, loves being a tenured academic type
She can believe whatever she wants. She can even say to her pals whatever she wants. When she teaches fictions as facts (and in this case dangerous ones) she's incompetent and its time to fire her ass if she won't stop doing so.
To go back to askye's teacher for a minute....
If she only expressed her beliefs, then I'm still in the free speech zone of things, and you fight what you believe are wrong ideas with the expression of your right ideas.
Are middle-schoolers considered capable of the same type of reasoning that adults are?
That's a serious question.
I would never expect a 10- to 13-year-old to have reasoned out her beliefs on human rights to the same degree that an adult has. If, in fact, the child -- and that's what they are: children -- has reasoned out her beliefs on human rights AT ALL. Some 10-year-olds are still fucking up math; I can't imagine how they could rationally argue for the rights of women to walk down a street unassaulted.
I tried to post this but the thread rolled over....
The teacher, L, said these things in class as part of our health lesson (actually it was Child Development). We were watching Nova's Miracle of Life and there's a part where it talks about arousal.
At this point she stops the tape and tells the class that when men get aroused they have to have sex to "relieve" themselves. And that anything can arose a male no matter how little, even if a woman isn't aware of this. Because of this arousal men rape women. We were all shocked and asked questions.
"If a woman walks down the street in a parka and is grabbed and raped is it her fault?" Yes. "If a woman isn't doing anything or is on a date and a guy rapes her..." Yes. Because it can be the way she smells or looks or anything, etc. "What about a child, if a child is raped is it the child's fault." And while she didn't come out and say Yes, she heavily implied that yes it is the child's fault. It's not something concious that a child or a woman does, but it's still their fault.
The next day I went to the principal's office to talk to her about that.
Thanks for the clarification Cindy. I am reading thru ick which makes me a bit thick
The Anti-Dominionists are fast approaching Tinfoil hat time
confused me. As a nonreligious person I find anybody's idea that they have to fix things so everyone believes what they believe, terrifying.
(ETA: YES! Just in time to leave for the evening....)