Unacceptable is the New “Adequate”

by Robert Pondiscio
August 7th, 2008

Asked under oath in a deposition if science is ”part of an adequate education” in the state of Georgia, Joanne Leonard said “I think you can do without science.”  What about social studies? Is that part of a child’s ”adequate” education?  “I would want them exposed to social studies,” Leonard said, ”but I think they can succeed in the world without social studies, and that is my opinion, my personal opinion.”

Ms. Leonard’s deposition was taken in a lawsuit brought by rural Georgia schools, who say the state isn’t giving them enough money to provide the “adequate education” required under law.  Much of the case involves defining “adequate”  And who is Joanne Leonard? Only the state Department of Education’s Director of Accountability.

I’m trying to think of what the appropriate response to this should be from Georgians, but I can’t think of anything that doesn’t involve pitchforks and torches.  But I can think of something else Georgia can do without.

(HT: Joanne Jacobs)


  1. Wow…My jaw is just dropping to the floor. How can ANYONE “do without science”? How can anyone believe this absurdly illogical statement?

    Comment by Adso of Melk — August 8, 2008 @ 12:20 am

  2. Robert I think your solution is appropriate.

    Comment by Morgan — August 8, 2008 @ 9:05 am

  3. I also have a personal opinion, a very personal opinion, that one (not just me, but many, personally speaking) can do quite well in life–intellectually, spiritually, morally, socially, financially, athletically, and aesthetically–without social studies.

    One cannot do without history, however.

    Comment by Diana Senechal — August 8, 2008 @ 12:39 pm

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