Rural Georgia districts have filed suit claiming the state isn’t giving them enough money to provide an “adequate education” including science and social studies. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reprinted part of the deposition of Joanne Leonard, director of accountability for the state education department. She was asked whether she believes, as a matter of personal opinion, that science and social studies are “part of an adequate education.”
Leonard: Yes, I think you can do without science.
Attorney: You think you can have an adequate education without any science education whatsoever?
Leonard: My opinion is that I can â€” I personally can live without science.
Attorney: My question is, do you believe that social studies is necessary for an adequate education in Georgia?
. . . Leonard: Yes, I think you can fail social studies and get an adequate education.
Attorney: And, in fact, you believe that you can get an adequate education even if social studies isn’t provided, right?
Leonard: I would want children exposed to social studies.
Attorney: Now, you would want them exposed, but you don’t think it’s necessary?
Leonard: I would want them exposed to social studies, but I think they can succeed in the world without social studies, and that is my opinion, my personal opinion.
Georgians are not pleased.
An education official defends Leonard, claiming the portion of the transcript was taken out of context and is “distracting.” “Distracting” seems to be the hot new defense.