San Diego Soliloquies

Saturday, August 27, 2005

No, You Can't Get Credit for Alchemy Classes Either

The University of California is the finest public educational institution in the world. Campuses of the UC system, including Berkeley, UCLA, and UCSD are consistently ranked in the top tier for the excellence of their instruction, research and graduates. They are also a relative bargain for California residents, a remainder of the times when we Californians invested in the future.

Naturally selection for the UC sysem is very competitive and the requirements are strict, GPA, SAT tests, etc. The UC system also specifies at least 15 yearlong classes in History, English, Mathematics, Language other than English, Visual and Performing Arts, College Prep course and Laboratory Science. That last one is a bit of a stickler for some "Christian Viewpoints" because UC really does mean Science, not sematic gamesmanship and lunacy, like Creationism or Intelligent Design. This is where some people's nose gets out of joint:

    The Calvary school lawsuit complains that in January 2004 a UC official informed Christian high schools that two Christian biology textbooks weren't acceptable, and that the schools' science course outlines were "not consistent with the viewpoints and knowledge generally accepted in the scientific community."
    ...
    "If a Christian School can't be Christian, and a Jewish school can't be Jewish, and a Buddhist school can't be Buddhist . . . then the heavy hand of government has suppressed a lot of individual freedom," Bird said. "We're fighting for the rights of all people who have chosen non-public schools."
    Poorsina said the UC system recognizes the rights of schools to teach courses they deem appropriate but "we also recognize not all high schools are necessarily geared toward satisfying UC prep requirements."

No one is saying that these schools don't have the right to teach their kids whatever they want. It's just that the University of California system requires those applying for admission to the school demonstrate that they have been taught some laboratory science. And graduates of these schools cannot demonstrate that this is the case, therefore they are not eligible for admittance to a school in the UC system. Bummer for them, but more opportunity for other people. Too bad their parents wasted all that money.


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