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Fight For Education, War on Science, & Chinese Iron Man

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Published on May 14, 2013

This week on The Point we've got a great show-- a war on science, fixing public education, ads only children can see, Iron Man caters to Chinese censorship, and The Point panel breaks down the week's best tweets in Off Their Feed!

First-- are conservatives waging a war on science? Why is creationism in our public schools? Zack Kopplin is a 19 year-old Rice University student who has worked as an activist against creationism being taugh in public schools. Is there a conservative movement to push evolution out of schools and creationism in, and is that movement backed solely by religion? Are there political benefits (for conservatives) to waging a war on science?

Next- when studying our education system, is it problematic to compare standardized testing scores to international students? Does it make an "us vs. them"mentality in which we want others to fail for us to succeed, and is it a mistake to base our perceptions on the education system based on standardized tests?

Is the solution to our public education problem to end private schools?

Third-- After conducting what she called a "science experiment" involving a water bottle and a small amount of common household chemicals, 16-year-old Florida student Kiera Wilmot was suspended from school, arrested, and charged with felony possession/discharge of a weapon on school property and discharging a destructive device. Did her punishment suit the crime, or is it a case of schools' zero tolerance policies run amok?

Then-- an ad agency created a street advertisement against child abuse, but a "secret" lenticular image message is hidden in it specifically for children who may be the victims of abuse. Is this an ingenious idea that will work or a gimmick that will get attention but have little effect?

And next, is Iron Man catering to Chinese censorship, and will it set a precedent? There are two cuts of Iron Man 3: the regular edition and the one meant to cater to Chinese censorship. There are some special additions made to the film, made to appeal heavily to the government's sensibilities to make sure that it's one of the few movies allowed into the country-- but is it detrimental to appeal to China's demands?

And we end with our new segment- Off Their Feed! The Point panel critiques some of the week's best tweets, including: "If you see something, say something" from Piers Morgan's producer, Patton Oswalt on Joe Francis' imprisonment, Jezebel on Chris Christie's lap band surgery, and Michelle Malkin being irrelevant.


These questions and more in this installment of The Point

Host: Ana Kasparian
Panel:
David Sirota (Columnist, Author - "Back to Our Future"
David Feldman (Comedian and Host - The David Feldman Show)
Cara Santa Maria (Host - Hacking the Planet on The Weather Channel)

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