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Education: Choose your own dates

From New Scientist‘s Feedback column:

WHEN you are selling education packs for children, some of whose parents might be fervent creationists, one of the options available is to, well, cave in to them and ditch the education part. That seems to be the option chosen by US publisher Live and Learn Press with its dinosaur pack.

Wendy Nicholas heard about the pack from another parent who seemed to think that she would be delighted to know about this curriculum resource. She was, until she read the blurb: “Dinosaurs… every child seems to go through a stage of loving them! We’ve made our Dinosaurs Learn ‘N Folder [sic] to take advantage of this love. Your child will learn about these creatures, how they ate, where they lived, how we have come to know about them, and much more. There is no reference to dates so you are free to insert your family’s personal view of the age of the earth and when dinosaurs roamed it.”

We wonder if this approach to education will catch on with, for example, packs on the second world war which invite your family’s personal view on which side won it.

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