Quickies

Skepchick Quickies 1.4

  • Renewed witch regulation bill passes in Romania – “According to one report, “witches, astrologists, embalmers, valets and driving instructors are now considered by labor law to be working real jobs, making it harder for them to avoid income tax.”” From Madfishmonger.
  • Teacher punished over evolution? – “Was a North Carolina middle school science teacher unjustly treated when she was reassigned to a different job after a complaint about her presentation of evolution in the classroom? That is the question at issue in a lawsuit originally filed in 2007.”
  • Coming out – Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal reminds us to be caring and compassionate. From Steve D and cerberus40.
  • The cynic’s guide to the Oprah Winfrey Network – “The Oprah Winfrey Network launched yesterday. New York Times television critic Alessandra Stanley calls it “a place where cynicism takes a holiday and mockery hasn’t yet been invented.” This will not stand.”

Amanda

Amanda is a science grad student in Boston whose favorite pastimes are having friendly debates and running amok.

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  1. The schoolteacher lawsuit thing is disturbingly light on details.

    It’s never okay for a teacher to be “antagonistic and rude”, but that’s just the student’s and/or parent’s claim.
    Likewise, it’s not retalliation when “her beliefs [sic] are challenged by true ‘Christian’ students” to fail them when they’ve clearly not understood the subject matter.
    Or even ignoring the subject matter for a moment, they probably still deserve a bad grade if they’ve clearly shown they can’t even conduct a proper discussion (e.g. using “the bible says …” as the only evidence to support their position).

    But without more details about the original event, it remains vague …

  2. And yeah, in Romania there’s no job called astronomer. But we sure have astrologers. I almost died today as i was taking photos of the eclipse i could hear the TV running and the news guy was asking an astrologer: But what does this eclipse mean?? Argh…!

    edit: how do i get an avatar?

  3. In a pre-emptive tale of following links, I went from the Gawker site to the “Miracle Detectives” site. When I read the comments, my head exploded. I guess I should be glad OWN is on satellite and not on cable, though I don’t think the damage will be limited.

  4. Regarding the teacher and evolution: It’s necessary to read the .PDF of the document granting the motion to dismiss. I can not understand the legal intricacies so my amateur guess is that the teacher’s case had a lot of technicalities going against it. An actual lawyer would have to give a better explanation (and likely a more accurate one).

    edit: @ mrmisconception or really anyone: I can not figure out how to get a gravitar to display, even after reading the documentation. Is there an easy way? (I do not have a blog on WP).

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