Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Educating the masses

Poor Kansas. It's been made the subject of far too many jokes about it's education system over the last few years, and, yes, we're about to get ourselves into that line. But really, when the state made their battles over the teaching of evolution or intelligent design known, they could pretty easily feel themselves being placed into the crosshairs. Ultimately, though, one battle over such a subject really isn't that big of a deal, in the grand scheme of things.

What's that, you say? Kansas has just changed their minds again? For the fourth time in eight years?

Okay, they're practically asking for the attention now. While it's true that plenty of people across the country know of Kansas first as the gateway to Oz, and secondly as the homestate of Clark Kent, it's not like the state really needs to go out of its way to get attention. It's pretty enough, and can be important, all while being relatively unassuming. In fact, Kansas kind of fits the movie role of the plain girl that could just be beautiful if she accepted herself (and lost the glasses). Unfortunately, she's busy trying to turn herself into Tara Reid, thereby getting attention, but none of it the right kind.

So please, dear Kansas, take this to heart. You are loved within the United States. You have your own special qualifications, and you're good enough for so many of us. True, Kansas City leaks over into Missouri, but it's not like there's a Missouri City, so you've gotta give them a break. You don't need to try and prove how smart you are, or aren't, every couple of years. So please, let the whole evolution/intelligent design thing go.

After all, you don't want us helping you countdown the New Year for 2008, do you?

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