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Tuesday, April 11, 2006

174. School Sticker Disclaimer

Textbook Disclaimer Stickers
http://www.swarthmore.edu/NatSci/cpurrin1/textbookdisclaimers/

Wording for the first disclaimer is taken verbatim from the sticker designed by the Cobb County School District in Georgia, although parts are clearly plagiarized from Alabama's disclaimer sticker.

1. This textbook contains material on evolution. Evolution is a theory, not a fact, regarding the origin of living things. This material should be approached with an open mind, studied carefully, and critically considered.

2. This textbook states that the earth is over 4 billion years old. Because some people strongly believe that the earth cannot be this old, the material should be approached with an open mind, studied carefully, and critically considered.

3. This book discusses heliocentrism, that the Earth orbits around a centrally located Sun. Because astronomers still disagree over the details of the heliocentric model, this material should be approached with an open mind, studied carefully, and critically considered.

4. This textbook suggests that the earth is spherical. The shape of the earth is a controversial topic, and not all people accept the theory. This material should be approached with an open mind, studied carefully, and critically considered.

5. This textbook contains material on gravity. Gravity is a theory, not a fact, regarding a force that cannot be directly seen. This material should be approached with an open mind, studied carefully, and critically considered.

6. This book does not contain the word evolution, the unifying principle in biology and an important component of the National Science Standards and the Scholastic Achievement Test. For an overview of what your class is missing, go to: http://evolution.berkeley.edu/

7. This textbook claims that evolution is not fully accepted by scientists because it is just a theory. The author hopes to confuse you into equating "scientific theory" with "cockamamie theory. "To read a short blurb on what a scientific theory is, go to, http://wilstar.com/theories.htm.

8. This book discusses gods. The existence of entities with supernatural powers is controversial, and many believe that myths, especially other people's myths, are fictional. This material should be approached with an open mind, studied carefully, and critically considered.

9. This book mentions Creationism, New Creationism, Scientific Creationism, or Intelligent Design. All of these beliefs rely on the action of a supernatural entity to explain life on earth. Scientists rejected supernatural explanations for life in the 1800s, and still do today. This book was anonymously donated to your school library to discreetly promote religious alternatives to the theory of evolution. When you are finished with it, please refile the book in the fiction section.

10. This book discusses evolution. President George W. Bush said, "On the issue of evolution, the verdict is still out on how God created the Earth."Therefore, until 2008 this material shood be aproched with an open mind, studdeed carefuly, and critcly consid'rd.

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