Thursday morning, Steve Doocy interviewed members of the U.S. Navy Band about the band’s recent inclusion of women. Reacting to the segment, Brian Kilmeade remarked, “Women are everywhere. We’re letting them play golf and tennis now. It’s out of control.” Visibly upset, Gretchen Carlson, the only female host, walked off of the set. “You read the headlines. Since men are so great. Take them [women] away,” she said. Kilmeade responded, “All right. Finally.” Then, as she walked further off of the set, Kilmeade jeered, “Leaving an all male crew” and added “she needed a shower.”
Breakdown in male-female relations! Dude gots to chill.
god, so touchy. she must of been on her period. she obviously knows when brian is joking, i mean she laughs when she hears him joke about non-white males all the time, and obviously she knows hes joking then. so whys she so upset now.
[P]ublic schools are about more than creating basic literacy across a population. They’re also—-or should be, anyway—-about giving students who have merit but not means the opportunity to better themselves. When conservatives pillage the science courses at a high school, they’re essentially killing off the potential careers in science of every student who might have talent in that school, or nearly all of them anyway. (Sure, there’s always an outlier genius who manages anyway, but that isn’t something to build a society on.) This is why conservatives are attacking high schools, by the way. The end goal is to make schools outside of the bubble of privilege so ineffective that the dream of class mobility is ended.
Look at the courses they are most interested in attacking: science, history, and health education. A good science education or a good history education is exactly the sort of thing that can inspire a kid to go into the sciences or the humanities when they go to college, because their imagination has been turned on by learning that there’s more to this world than what they immediately see. I can speak from experience; my high school biology course didn’t teach evolution. Without evolution, biology actually doesn’t make sense, and instead it’s just an anatomy class. Dissecting cats and labeling pictures of flowers is passing the time, and not really education. I had no idea how fascinating biology actually was until I was an adult, and long past any chance of starting on that as a career path. Not that I think I would, but you can easily see someone like me making that choice as a young woman, but not really being able to because I was never offered that option in a realistic sense to begin with. That’s the hope of these kinds of educational attacks, to keep the high school curriculum in most public schools dull and meaningless, so that students aren’t inspired and end up staying home instead of pursuing bigger dreams.
And in case the dulling of their minds doesn’t work, forced pregnancy will, which is why conservatives are intent on getting anti-contraception propaganda into the schools. Get ‘em knocked up and married by 19, and they won’t be going anywhere. Teach ‘em in high school that the North started the Civil War and at least you have the white portion of the working class as Republicans voting their racial resentments. Until you put the obsession with creationism into the larger picture, I can see that maybe it doesn’t seem to matter all that much. But in reality, creationism in schools is about inequality, and specifically targeting rural schools for education programs that keep the students uneducated and stuck in their lives. So whether or not evolution comes up in one’s routine Twitter debates with conservatives is interesting and all, but not really the point here.