Textbook disclaimers

Here are some warning labels for books that you can print onto sticker paper. The top left sticker is an actual sticker from Cobb County, Georgia. Creationist parents had pressured the school board to paste it into any biology textbook that mentioned evolution (they all do, of course, because it’s the reason we have life on the planet). When I first heard about this in the news I was outraged (I’m an evolutionary biologist), but it also made me laugh. So I decided to waste an entire afternoon creating similar stickers based on the same silly logic … and then send them to the lawyer in Georgia who was involved in getting the sticker removed. The lawyer had them printed up as huge posters and then used as courtroom props. I hear the judge was amused. I keep the stickers on the internet so that they can be used whenever pitchfork-wielding parents try to influence school boards, which is surprisingly often as it turns out. If you have such parents in your town, just download the PDF and get yourself some sticker paper. Then give them to your kids. They’ll know what to do.

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One Response to Textbook disclaimers

  1. Rob V. says:

    Simply excellent! Captures perfectly the “so sad you have to laugh” feeling.