February 09, 2004
Georgia Schools Restore 'Evolution to Curriculum [Ariel Hart, NYT, 2/5/04] - The state superintendent felt that the term "evolution" was too controversial and thought that using the phrase "biological changes over time" would be a suitable substitution. Controversy, of course, ensues, with even Jimmy Carter and the governor weighing in. So what have we communicated to the rest of the world about the state of education here? That people here are so stupid they wouldn't know evolution theory was still being taught in schools, just because it went by another description? Great PR move.
Love That Dare Not Squeak Its Name [Dinitia Smith, NYT, Arts, 2/7/04] - Article about homosexuality in the animal kingdom. Apparently there are quite a few gay penguin couples at the Central Park Zoo.