So my son in junior high got the following choices for a school project:
You are a belligerent group of environmental activists from an organization called “Save the Rainforest.” Design a campaign to raise money to protect the rainforest. Audience: General Public
As a group of concerned citizens your team will write a letter to our State Senators about the US policies regarding the destruction of the world’s rainforest.
You are a team of naturalists reporting to the world about the fragile ecosystems in the rainforest. Tell about what was, what is and what will be if we keep up our current rainforest activities. Include pictures with captions. Naturalists are non-political; they simply study the natural world. Audience: General Public
Other choices included; Building a save-the-rainforest website, create a save-the-rainforest presentation to business leaders, a travel agency promotion to convince tourists to see the rainforest “NOW, before it is too late,” information for rainforest products that will only be available for a limited time — “due to ecosystem changes” — and a press conference at the UN reporting the discovery of 2 new species that should “provide convincing information about why world leaders should work to protect the rainforest.”
Guess what class this is for? Give up?
It’s his science class.
Since when is public relations and political activism considered part of science? Golly, I wonder where anyone could get the idea that public schools are used for political indoctrination? I wonder where anyone could get the idea that a generation of scientists raised up since the 1960s might have been trained to subordinate their science to politics?
It says a lot about the rot of our institutions that few see a problem with such assignments in our schools. I am sure that many think this a dandy way to make boring old science seem “relevant.” The post-modernist disease of viewing politics as the center of all human activity has infected the 8th grade.