Friday, October 13, 2006

SCIENCE FRIDAY I

I was dickering with some teachers recently about the No Child Left Behind Act. You might not know this but by its standards deaf children would have to begin reading by age 3. Ridiculous! I started reading at age 4 and it never hurt me any.

Language delay is inevitable early on with blind or deaf infants, but they can catch up as time goes by with intensive and efficient teaching. Besides, think about it. Who is teaching the kids at age 3? Certainly not the school systems. What's next, taking kids away from parents unqualified to teach 3-year olds to read?

Now I just read another outrage. The No Carrot Left Behind Act.

Photograph of carrots arranged in a circle by color. The carrots range from nearly black-purple, white, orange, yellow, red-orange, and eggplant purple in color. The Photograph is by Stephen Ausmus, on the web courtesy of USDA / Agricultural Research Service

Before you get all excited about anthocyanins, you can get red carrots in India, as well as white and purple carrots. It's not hard to BREED better carrots. You don't have to torture carrots with knives and forced UV light to make them cyan.

-- Wilbrod the Gnome
(Incidentally, the carrot photo is by Stephen Ausmus, on the web courtesy of USDA / Agricultural Research Service.)

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