Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The Problem That Treating Grammar As A Science May Soon Cause Me

The Oklahoma legislature is considering a bill that will prevent a student "in any public school or institution" from being "penalized in any way because the student may subscribe to a particular position on scientific theories."

I'm sure the intent of the bill is to allow students to express religious beliefs in science class. If some Oklahoma young'un wants to contend that the earth is only 6,000 years old, the biology teacher who is discussing evolution cannot penalize the student.

I'm not sure if Gus Blackwell, the bill's author has thought through the ramifications of the bill's language. Since some contend that grammar is science, that same Oklahoma young'un could turn in poorly written papers because grammar is a scientific theory with which she or he disagrees. The young'un may even try to use French sentence structure and Spanish vocabulary in an English class.

Of course, one could always contend that Yoda provided the only way to communicate. Overreach the problem frequently is.

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