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Extra Credit: Turn Your Classmate Into A Newt Also out in California, and also reported by the _Chicago Tribune_ (August 10), school vouchers are being put to a vote. These would, among other things, allow parents to use some money that would have gone to the public schools to send their children to private schools. It is often, though not by any means only, supported by the same people who want creationism taught as science. Why? Because this would allow them to use public funds to teach religion. But that isn't really what this portion of "REALLity Check" is about. It seems that some witches have decided that this voucher system would be a great idea, but not exactly in the manner many other proponents want. The Contra Costa Pagan Association said that they intend to form a school if the voucher proposal is passed. According to the article, a pagan school would teach regular classes, plus one period per day of pagan lore, including "how to burn sage to `cleanse energy.'" How can they hope to teach science in such an atmosphere that is so contradictory to scientific method. Or do most schools mix physics class with energy cleansing? Most readers would probably hate to think all their energy has been dirty up `til now. -=- REALL, P.O. Box 20302 Springfield, IL 62708 [Thanks to David Bloomberg at he REALL organization for forwarding this]

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