Sneaky education in Kansas

The Kansas Board of Education is in the news again — trying, trying, trying to make students become curious about biology. The Board is still using the traditional method for making anyone curious about anything: make that subject seem somehow "forbidden." (A fascinating May 4, 2005 editorial in the Washington Times uses that same pedigogical approach.)

The Kansas Board was awarded the 1999 Ig Nobel Prize in Science Education for doing this very thing. It shared the honor with the Colorado State Board of Education. The Ig Nobel Prizes, of course, honor achievements that first make people LAUGH, and then make them THINK.

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