Friday, August 21, 2009

Physics lessons in Alabama

Driving to work today I was listening to yesterday's Marketplace podcast on my Zune.

They were reading a piece about schools in Alabama having big trouble finding teachers in math and sciences. Imagine recruiting a biology teacher who'd have to teach "alternatives" to evolution! - must be super hard indeed.

So they are importing teachers from Philippines. One school mentioned in the show had its first physics class in several years(!) and it had just 17 people enroll. No wonder such a staggering percentage of US population is convinced that Earth is 6000 years old...

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