A depressing note

Bill Bennett is right: they’re poisoning the minds of our children.

A reader writes:

So I took my older son to the Museum of Natural History today to keep him out of the way while my younger had friends over to the house.

Because he was so interested in playing a triceratops video over and over, I had more time than usual to look at the displays and examine the exhibits. The Museum is a very pro-evolution place, and the lucid explanations of fossil dating, the age of the planet, and so forth left me feeling optimistic after being depressed about the intelligent design “debate.” The museum is a very popular spot, and how could anyone come in here, look at the exhibits, and not be better informed and overwhelmed by the evidence? Just then, a boy scout troop walked by. One of the scouts was telling another that “All these bones are fake. They bury them and then dig them up.”

I wonder if this is official Scout doctrine now, along with the detestation of homosexuality and atheism.

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com