July 7, 2005

HOPEFULLY THERE ARE NO TESTS:

Middle schoolers learn science from Harry Potter (Sue Lindsey, 7/07/05, Associated Press)

When the students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry fly off on broomsticks, most Harry Potter fans think "magic." Charlene Haviland thinks "aerodynamics."

And when Professor Albus Dumbledore snaps his fingers to turn on the lights, the middle school teacher gets excited — at the prospect of explaining how a remote control works.

Haviland will get her chance this fall, when she teaches an after-school remedial program for eighth-graders that will combine reading with the study of science in the Harry Potter books. She'll use one book per quarter, so the students won't get to the latest — the sixth in the series, "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," which is due out July 16.


So much for separation of Church and State...

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 7, 2005 6:12 AM
Comments

A few months ago, I attended a public school meeting in our city which was commenced with an invocation said to have been an excerpt from the Egyptian Book of the Dead, amounting to a fairly long pagan mumbo-jumbo about earth and sky.

Posted by: Lou Gots at July 7, 2005 9:47 AM

Lou,

That sounds like one of my favorite X Files episode with the school board made up of Satanists.

Posted by: bart at July 7, 2005 9:55 AM

Our 4th of July parade, in one of the most liberal towns in NH, began with Amazing Grace.

Posted by: oj at July 7, 2005 9:58 AM

Which has Mulder's best line of the whole series: "Did you think you could call up the Devil and then ask him to behave?"

Posted by: joe shropshire at July 7, 2005 10:00 AM

You realize, of course, that The X Files was a documentary?

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at July 7, 2005 1:12 PM
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