[R]ather than build bonds [between people], public schooling often forces people into conflict. Be they over budgets, math curricula, school start times, or myriad other matters, everyone is probably familiar with divisive public schooling battles.
This map aggregates a relatively small, but especially painful, subset of such battles: those pitting educational effectiveness, basic rights, moral values, or individual identities against each other. Think creationism versus evolution, or assigned readings containing racial slurs. They are often intensely personal, and guarantee if one fundamental value wins, another loses.
Below that is a full-screen map, with the conflicts represented by clickable, color-coded dots pointing to specific locations. Evolution controversies are indicated by orange dots. They also say:
Select a button to locate conflicts by type, state, school district, or year, or hit “keyword search” and enter search terms in the field next to it. You can also click on a conflict type on the legend. Once you’ve narrowed down your search, click on the markers for descriptions of specific incidents.
Then they provide a brief description of each type of conflict. Regarding evolution and creationism, they say:
Human Origins: Battles over evolution and creationism. Because they are so widespread, divisive, and long-standing – harkening back to the 1925 Scopes “Monkey” Trial – these conflicts are given their own category. They involve government declaring what is or is not “science,” “fact,” or “religion.”
The article has more information, and the map itself works beautifully. It’s a gold mine! We congratulate the Cato Institute for producing this fine work. Click over there and take a look.
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