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Friday, March 31, 2006

Dear God.

I have a lot of friends who teach high school. There are always those few arrogant little shits who want to challenge the teacher's authority. Thanks to the good offices of the aggressively ignorant, now they have a fun new game to play.

"Isn't it true that mutations only make an animal weaker?" sophomore Chris Willett demands. " 'Cause I was watching one time on CNN and they mutated monkeys to see if they could get one to become human and they couldn't."

Frisby tries to explain that evolution takes millions of years, but Willett isn't listening. "I feel a tail growing!" he calls to his friends, drawing laughter.

This is such a stupid country.


  • At 7:18 PM, Blogger Phoebe Evergreen said…

    Kevin Drum is also concerned, but from a different angle.

  • At 8:07 PM, Blogger Antid Oto said…

    I kind of think Kevin Drum is a tool. Then again, that might be a legal requirement of living in Orange County. (Just so you don't think this is some kind of New York bias, I think it's also a legal requirement of living in Nassau County.)

  • At 12:38 PM, Anonymous Free thinker said…

    How awful that anyone dare challenge anyone else's authority. You'd think we were free thinkers or something!

    OK, the "I feel a tail growing!" person sounds pretty annoying, and I don't agree with his alleged method or stance. Is this a reason to condemn free thinkers and to promote the idea that teachers are somehow magically right? My teachers never had authority *unless they earned it from me and I chose to give it to them*. Yes, that kind of free thought is the sort of thing the American school system tries to crush.

    Gosh, if we believe free thought is wrong and blindly accepting authority is right...wouldn't we ultimately all believe in the religious anti-evolutionary leaders?

  • At 1:25 PM, Blogger Antid Oto said…

    Hi there Mr. Straw Man. Of course I'm not in favor of crushing free thought, nor are any of my high-school-teacher friends. The confusion is clearly in our understandings of the word "authority:" I didn't mean the authority to define the truth so much as the authority to have people sit down, shut up, and stop being disruptive, yes, just because I said so. High-school teachers spend an inordinate amount of energy on the small number of students in their adolescent dick-measuring stage.

  • At 2:26 PM, Blogger Solomon Grundy said…

    There you go again, crusher of free thinking. You and your goddamn war against rationality! You're *exactly* like the Nazis!

  • At 2:52 AM, Blogger Antid Oto said…

    I was thinking that myself, actually. I was thinking, "You know, Alex, you're just exactly like the Nazis. You oughtta get yourself a pair of boots." Then I remembered I was Jewish. Boy was my face red!

  • At 11:39 AM, Blogger Solomon Grundy said…

    Word. Noam and Free Thinker and I think you need to decolonize your mind.

  • At 1:08 PM, Blogger Phoebe Evergreen said…

    Yes, but Drum is an affable tool. He's an enjoyable writer and he demonstrates how if a moderate Democrat sits down and thinks for a while, he comes down on a much more liberal side of the equation than he might expect.

  • At 1:24 PM, Blogger Antid Oto said…

    How does he demonstrate that? By usually not thinking for a while? He's a good writer, but most of what he writes strikes me as benefiting from very little thought. Much of what I write here benefits from very little thought, too, of course.


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