Thursday, December 31, 2009

More Flak from Proposed Berkeley Science Ban

By Chris Thompson
Thu, Dec 31, 2009 at 11:10 AM

Berkeley's reputation as a nest of goofy PC nonsense is being revived around the country, thanks to the unbelievably stupid proposal to end science labs at the high school and redirect the funds toward remedial education. Now, the tabloid conservative press has gotten of the story, and it's red meat to their readers. Here's Gregory Kane of the Examiner chain: "What do you expect in Berkeley, people?" Here's Town Hall's LaShawn Barber on Berkeley's achievement gap: "A logical response might be to beef up science programs in government schools, but logic is hard to come by in skin-deep-only-diversity-obsessed bureaucracies." And of course, it's hit the talk radio circuit. We tend to think that Berkeley's reputation as a den of hippies is hopelessly out of date; the city's defined more by liberal white-collar professionals these days, and few things grate on us more than lazy writers reaching for an obsolete stereotype in lieu of looking at the city as it really is. But then Berkeley goes and does something like this. And presto, we're back to hearing jokes about Jerry Garcia and flower power. We're officially annoyed now.

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