The Critical 'I'

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Monday, August 09, 2004

THEY FORGOT TO ADD CANADA AND MEXICO, TOO
California Alternative High School takes that "alternative" in their name to heart, as the cut-rate diploma mill is being shut down over laughably false information in its curriculum, leading to worthless high-school equivalency certificates.
The school's chief executive officer, Daniel Gossai, claimed to have a teaching credential and two doctorates, but prosecutors said they found no evidence that he does. He was a teacher at Victor Valley Community College in the late 1970s, but was fired for immoral conduct, dishonesty and being unfit for service, [California Attorney General Bill ] Lockyer said.
Among the gaffes to be found in their "textbook" (with correct information hyperlinked):
- The United States has 53 states but the "flag has not yet been updated to reflect the addition of the last three states" -- Hawaii, Alaska and Puerto Rico.

- World War II began in 1938 and ended in 1942.

- There are two houses of Congress -- the Senate and the House, and "one is for Democrats and the other is for the Republicans, respectively."
Plus one more, from the Los Angeles Times via Joanne Jacobs:
- There are four branches of government. They are the legislative, judicial, executive and "administrative" branches. Asked about the fourth branch by investigators, one teacher responded that "not much is heard about it because it works behind the scenes." The Treasury Department is part of the "administrative" branch.
Astounding. I'm wondering if this stuff was put together in an insomniac-produced glaze, or if some severely-underqualified dunce actually thought these were the correct facts (probably gleaned from some random webpage). Or did the school's honchos intentionally put in the false info as a joke, almost daring someone to call them on it?

Maybe the home schoolers are onto something. Or not.