I struggled to figure out the connection between the two for a couple of minutes before I gave up trying to divine the logic processes of someone so reactionary and threatened by open communication and sharing of knowledge. Such a shame that a person like that would be so influential in the education of children.
A school district in Washington State has prohibited teachers from showing Vice President Al Gore's documentary on global warming. Last month, a national organization of science teachers turned down an offer of free copies of "An Inconvenient Truth" citing controversy surrounding the film, but Federal Way public schools may be the first school district to ban it outright. According to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the Federal Way School Board enacted the ban after complaints from a local gadfly:
"Condoms don't belong in school, and neither does Al Gore. He's not a schoolteacher," said Frosty Hardison, a parent of seven who also said that he believes the Earth is 14,000 years old. "The information that's being presented is a very cockeyed view of what the truth is. ... The Bible says that in the end times everything will burn up, but that perspective isn't in the DVD." Hardison's e-mail to the School Board prompted board member David Larson to propose the moratorium Tuesday night.
Hardison, who vehemently opposed a plan to prohibit PowerPoint presentations at Federal Way City Council meetings last year, was incensed when he learned that one of his daughter's teachers planned to show the documentary based largely on a PowerPoint presentation delivered by Gore. Hardison's wife Gayla, who unsuccessfully ran for Federal Way's City Council in 2005, also objects to what she sees as the anti-American message of the film Read on...