Attacking Christianity is one thing, but must they butcher geometry?

Some goofball teacher on an anti-Christian crusade in Seattle has made herself look more moronic than she realizes.

A student wanted to bring Easter Eggs to class, but the teacher would not allow them to be called Easter Eggs:

A sophomore at a local private high school thinks an effort to make Easter politically correct is ridiculous.

Jessica, 16, told KIRO Radio's Dori Monson Show that a week before spring break, the students commit to a week-long community service project. She decided to volunteer in a third grade class at a public school, which she would like to remain nameless.

"At the end of the week I had an idea to fill little plastic eggs with treats and jelly beans and other candy, but I was kind of unsure how the teacher would feel about that," Jessica said.

She was concerned how the teacher might react to the eggs after of a meeting earlier in the week where she learned about "their abstract behavior rules."

"I went to the teacher to get her approval and she wanted to ask the administration to see if it was okay," Jessica explained. "She said that I could do it as long as I called this treat 'spring spheres.' I couldn't call them Easter eggs."

The other students recognized them as Easter Eggs and immediately called them that. No word on whether they face discipline. 

And what are "abstract behavior rules" anyway?

Not only is this an example of political correctness run amok, it is an example of bad teaching.

An egg is not a sphere!

A sphere (from Greek σφαῖρα--sphaira, "globe, ball") is a perfectly round geometrical object in three-dimensional space, such as the shape of a round ball.

An egg might be some sort of ellipsoid, though. Not a regular, symmetrical one, but an irregular one, perhaps Scalene or Prolate or some hybrid. Or an ovoid? (There seems to be some debate....)

But assuming the goal is to remove the word "Easter," the eggs should be called either "Spring Irregular Ellipsoids," "Irregular Ellipsoids of Spring."

Or "Spring Ovoids."

I guess we should be glad this moron didn't teach the kids that the earth is flat.

MORE: "Ovoid" wins.

A chicken egg is a naturally occurring ovoid.

Not a sphere.

Prolate ellipsoid is close, though:

The shape of an egg is approximately that of half each a prolate (long) and roughly spherical (potentially even slightly oblate/short) ellipsoid joined at the equator, sharing a principal axis of rotational symmetry, as illustrated above. Although the term egg-shaped usually implies a lack of reflection symmetry across the equatorial plane, it may also refer to true prolate ellipsoids. It can also be used to describe the 2-dimensional figure that, revolved around its major axis, produces the 3-dimensional surface.

So, they would be "Spring Prolate-Oblate Rotationally-Symmetrical Ovoid-Ellipsoids."

Not an easy term. Nor are these objects associated with any particular season, except for religious reasons. So why attach the word "Spring" to Prolate-Oblate Rotationally-Symmetrical Ovoid Ellipsoids?

Hey, maybe that's why they call them Easter Eggs!

posted by Eric on 04.08.11 at 08:18 PM


Neither Christianity nor Geometry are endangered by these bizarre rules of abstract behavior. Unfortunately I suspect the students are.

Will   ·  April 9, 2011 1:37 AM

Actually this impacts Ishtar.

M. Simon   ·  April 9, 2011 2:39 PM

Hey, libtard teacher:

Shakespeare applies, even to dunces....

A rose by any other name....

dipwad. It's an easter egg. if it offends you, don't take one. It's full of candy, no kid would refuse.

Let libtard parents take away the fun from their children, not everyone's....

Anonymous   ·  April 9, 2011 4:43 PM

Good one. I do like a good reductio ad absurdum.

"Spring Prolate-Oblate Rotationally-Symmetrical Ovoid-Ellipsoids," indeed.

I think I'll stick with Easter eggs. I mean, why mess up a good fertility festival with nonsense? (Rabbits that lay eggs?)

Kathy Kinsley   ·  April 9, 2011 6:43 PM

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