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Give Someone Enough Rope

Stephen Colbert is brilliant. I can’t imagine anyone else who could make someone look so wrong just by agreeing with them:



  1. ThatGuy wrote:

    Funny how the guy in charge of okaying textbooks that a large part of the country uses clearly didn’t do his homework before agreeing to the on The Colbert Report.

    Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 9:30 am | Permalink
  2. Iron Knee wrote:

    Even worse, he seemed pleased with himself at the end. Idiot!

    Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 9:34 am | Permalink
  3. Nance wrote:

    Textbook publishers need to stop catering to Texas or they will speed their demise. I served on innumerable textbook adoption committees in my 30-year tenure as an Ohio high school teacher (public). Each adoption cycle, we had less money to work with, and we moved farther away from traditional texts because of SMART board technology, the Internet, and collaborative lesson planning. I would imagine other school systems are doing the same, and publishers that continue to pander to Texas’ revisionist lobbying will add another reason for districts to cut them loose.

    Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 9:40 am | Permalink
  4. Michael wrote:

    I saw this the other day and thought about submitting it. It would be completely hilarious if it weren’t so damn scary. “I agree with you. Science can be a personal choice.”

    DM (later, about history): “No, that’s not true.” SC: “I have personally chosen it is true.”

    But this guy and his cronies had REAL POWER to influence the direction of education in this country. The new standards eliminated figures like Cesar Chavez and Eugene Debs, but emphasize the profound and positive influence of Phyllis Schlafly, Ralph Reed, and the Religious Right. And they are still in place.

    This guy is yet another example of a very concerted effort by social conservatives to manipulate the role of education and government for religious purposes. Anyone who truly believes in the importance of the First Amendment should vehemently oppose these tactics and do so verbally.

    Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 11:33 am | Permalink
  5. Dan wrote:

    Two words— Electronic Textbooks

    Friday, April 27, 2012 at 8:01 am | Permalink
  6. Michael wrote:

    Three words — not a solution.

    For electronic textbooks to be adopted, they still must conform to the standards.

    Friday, April 27, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Permalink