We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
... physics looks different these days. “We don’t call them Newton’s laws anymore,” an upperclassman at the school informs me. “We call them the three fundamental laws of physics. They say we need to ‘decenter whiteness,’ and we need to acknowledge that there’s more than just Newton in physics.”
Sobran got it right about these people twenty odd years ago.
"Western man towers over the rest of the world in ways so large as to be almost inexpressible. It's Western exploration, science, and conquest that have revealed the world to itself.
Other races feel like subjects of Western power long after colonialism, imperialism, and slavery have disappeared.
The charge of racism puzzles whites who feel not hostility, but only baffled good will, because they don't grasp what it really means: humiliation.
The white man presents an image of superiority even when he isn't conscious of it.
And, superiority excites envy.
Destroying white civilization is the inmost desire of the league of designated victims we call minorities."
Joseph Sobran, April 1997
"A teacher in New York City put it most concisely: “To speak against this is to put all of your moral capital at risk.”
The teacher places an appropriate value on his/her moral capital - it's worth less than his/her conscience, less than arguments they know are intellectually and morally corrupted.
The key strength of these specious arguments hinge on the desire for status and acceptance by the herd. All this hand-wringing by parents, when they should be making fists instead. The well-being and growth potential of their children, for Chrissake.
Newton's Laws of motion are not fundamental. To call them that reveals great ignorance on the part of the teacher. Newton's Laws are a wonderful, easy-to-use set of approximations that are quite accurate (they got us to Pluto!). But only approximations.
When you say you are applying Newton's Laws, everyone knows what approximations you are using. It is important.
This is just changing the test answer and not really education. Being that, it would have been better if the school had found someone who understood the classical physics laws of motion for large bodies in the constrained forces of experiential human life.
Very often, labels preclude and interfere with actual knowledge of a thing. Richard Feynman spoke quite well on this subject relating a story of his father teaching him of bird, but he never learned their names.
Can we all not agree that Newton identified as a handicapped black lesbian the same way Socrates, Julius Caesar, Shakespeare and Copernicus did? In fact, I'm pretty sure all the famous people in history were black and/or gay.