Archive | September, 2011

Controversy on the Class Room Floor

Hollow or Not? Teach both sides.

About four years ago in Federal Way, screenings of an Inconvenient Truth, were restricted when a science teacher in middle school showed the film to a class. An evangelical named Frosty Hardison had a daughter in the class, and he complained. Because of Policy 2331/2331p, which states that both sides of controversial issues need to be presented to classes, and this hadn’t been done, then a moratorium was placed on the film.

As an evangelical Frosty lives in a mythical world filled with a number of beliefs dictated to him by his faith. He doesn’t believe that global warming is caused by human activity but if it is true at all it is the result of divine intervention. He believes the end of the world is coming and heat will contribute to the end of time. He believes that an omnipotent deity who is human shaped and has a beard watches over all human activity. He believes that this deity created the Earth 6,000 years ago. In fact many of Frosty’s articles of faith or myths or whatever you want to call his deeply held convictions are “in conflict” with the teaching of science, biology, and history. To juxtapose his beliefs and the canonical text he holds to be absolutely true — The Holy Bible — with a science textbook is to find a great deal of controversy.

Which is true? Continue Reading →

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JA Tyler asks questions, I answer.

JA Tyler asked me some questions at MonkeyBicycle on September 2nd about my story in that magazine.

I remain very unsure about the role of sentences and the degree to which syntax should be a primary interest for a prose writer. While I admire Gertrude Stein and Gary Lutz and feel a degree of debt to their exploration of syntax, I find myself equally drawn to writers who are not really concerned with syntactical novelty.

For the full interview.

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