In the mid 70s, so 15 years later, I had several teachers in small town Alabama public school who still led their classes in prayer daily. My 3rd grade teacher was the worst: she had the class pray after the flag pledge in the morning and again before lunch. She also polled us all about which church our families attended, where our dads worked, and who our parents were voting for in the 1976 presidential election.
They’d use the address of their second (or third, or fourth) home in another state.
Arabic numerals, need we say more?
being from Florida is going to be a no go on applications for jobs, universities, and maybe loans
Since Disney isn’t quite up to doing this alone, maybe a few Fortune 500 companies could just announce that they’re no longer considering applicants that list Florida schools on their resume.
Not sure about this. However, students can take any AP exam even without actually taking the class. They theoretically can get college credit, but it won’t count toward their high school GPA.
I am glad I left Alabama in 1973. I wish the common culture that was embraced there wasn’t so regressive, religious, and intolerant. Southerners could embrace and cultivate the folk arts, our cooking, our humor, our music, and so much more. Yet, these states are so trapped by a diminished worldview they cannot progress toward a civil society of inclusion, diversity, and curiosity.
More’s the pity.
Can’t be long before any course in biology/geology mentioning the dread phrase ‘evolution’ is no longer allowed in Florida.
Here I was for many years thinking the worst thing about Florida was the climate.
“Naked lady???” Bite your tongue!! Every lady in the history of our 6000 year old Earth has been decently and modestly clothed at all times! And don’t you forget it!! (/s?)
IT’S ADAM AND EVE NOT ADAM AND CLEAVAGE
not matt gaetz – he can only count as high as 17.
Many of us do exactly that. We just get drowned out by those bigoted assholes and by a media that prefers those voices to the rest of us…
Many of us refuse to give up and let them win, though.
I do get that, Mindysan33. I know that there are Southerners who are live-and-let-live people. It’s just the narrative has been shaped since well before the Civil War into a calcified theocratic one. I knew things would not change enough for me and for so many others and has, in fact, gotten much, much worse.
Yes, and even then it did not apply to everyone. Unionism was a thing in parts of the south during the CW, of course, and let’s not forget that the entire enslaved population fighting for their freedoms were also southerners, as are their descendants who stayed or lately have come back.
There is a strain of southern radicalism that is often overlooked and ignored, because it does not fit the narratives that feed our divisions. Some of the most radical movements that have shaped the country have come from the south.
I blame no one for fleeing (now, then, or whenever). But we need to move past this “south bad” mindset to look at the more complex reality of the south today (and the south of the past). Many of us are fighting for a better future for ALL of us, and it’s really disheartening when we get lumped in with the racists and theocrats.
My tongue was firmly in my cheek, but I do hope you are correct.
I think that veering too far away from STEM will be met with pushback from the more moderate right.
But plenty of people are willing to sacrifice the humanities, soft-sciences, cultural studies, history, etc, because those are considered “luxuries” which “don’t make money”… This has been happening for years now, and rarely do the most vocal advocates for STEM seem to give two shits about that. They are willing to sacrifice the history department if it gives them a bigger slice of the pie.
At this point hoping for the “moderate right” to keep the extremists in check feels like hoping for the thylacine to keep Tasmania’s rabbit population in check.
Well, why not just cut to the chase and eliminate all public education, just think of the money Florida could save. Money which will then be needed for more prisons.
[ETA: /s, obviously.]
Both hilarious and accurate. Where is this “moderate right?” Best I can tell, they are located somewhere slightly left of Manchin and identify as “liberal.” Not gonna be much help in this as long as the fascists are in control.
@generic_name, you do know that is their ultimate goal, right? Education for the privileged few, the rest get workhouses. Dickensian at it’s best.
One would think this would result in refusing to acknowledge that Earth itself does not exist, although of course it’s just refusal to acknowledge that non-Christians exist everywhere. (See also: “The War on Christmas,” Blue Laws, etc.)