Friday, December 09, 2005

State education update

Corkins works the state, to change his reputation:

Blah, blah, to know me is (almost) to love me, blah, blah
"I'll be the first to admit that I'm not an expert in pedagogy, in what the most effective educational techniques are," he said. "That is one of the reasons why I'm a strong supporter for choice and other options, so that different teaching techniques may be available."
Let's call this the "teach the incompetence" dodge. He doesn't understand the background, and rather than learning and taking a stand for good practices and against bad ones, he's advocating throwing the doors open. I see a parallel to the Board's approach to standards setting.

Then, some mixed news on the electoral front:

A fossil hunter who supports intelligent design will run for the Kansas State Board of Education seat now held by a defender of evolution.

“These evolutionists are saying that Jesus was half-chimpanzee, so was Mohammed and Buddha,” said Alan Detrich, a 58-year-old Lawrence Republican who takes classes at Kansas University. “I don’t think that’s right.”

He said he planned to challenge Bill Wagnon, the Topeka Democrat who represents parts of Douglas, Shawnee, Osage and Wabaunsee counties on the state board.
I say mixed news because…
Wagnon’s seat isn’t up for election until 2008.

“That’s almost tempting enough for me to run for re-election,” he said when told of Detrich’s challenge. “But I’m not running for re-election.”

“Good,” Detrich responded. “I’ve already got him scared.”
… because this will be the funniest three years ever. If you follow the link to the story, you'll get a link to his website, where you can buy yourself an 18 karat gold crown of thorns. For the holidays.

And his "musings," which include this:

spear-it (spirit)
evil-utionist = ape-iest = malarki-ologist
Fun, fun, fun.

Still waiting on a challenger for Ken Willard in District 7 (west of Wichita).

Janet Waugh (not a creationist) is still running unopposed. Connie Morris is being challenged by Sally Cauble in the primary and Tim Cruz in the general. Harry McDonald is taking on John Bacon in the primary, and Don Weiss is gearing up for the general election. And education professor Kent Runyan is challenging Iris Van Meter in the general election.