By Teachers, For Teachers
Despite the Supreme Court ruling banning creationism and intelligent design in science classrooms, evolution is still on trial in Texas and Louisiana.
I feel like it’s the Scopes monkey trial all over again. [Or at least the fictional account I read in Inherit the Wind.]
Both Texas and Louisiana are voting on changing the curriculum to allow for “weaknesses” in the theory of evolution to be introduced to students.
Many science teachers see this as a backdoor approach to integrating creationism or intelligent design (basically creationism 2.0) into science curriculum and potentially, science text books.
Since Texas makes up such a large percentage of the textbook market, publishers will likely tailor their national materials to suit their needs.
“These weaknesses that they bring forward are decades old, and they have been refuted many, many times over,” Kevin Fisher, a past president of the Science Teachers Association of Texas, said after testifying. “It’s an attempt to bring false weaknesses into the classroom in an attempt to get students to reject evolution.” NYT article
Personally, I have to vote with the Supreme Court and science teachers on this one.
Science education is about teaching children to question, discover truths about the world and learn to prove those truths. It seems a disservice to students to introduce materials that have been overwhelmingly disproved by the scientific community.
Don’t get me wrong, America guarantees people the right to believe whatever they want to believe. People should be allowed to teach their children whatever they’d like. They are welcome to send their children to private schools that provide a curriculum that introduces religion into the classroom.
But public school just is not the place.
As a Catholic school alumna, I fully support finding the balance between religious beliefs and science education. Unlike many who think science kills faith, I think that evolution is a much more impressive interpretation of the Biblical “7 days” creation.
Regardless, this dated debate is taking valuable time and consideration from the major problems facing science education. Texas CFI exec. Dir. Clare Wullner represented it best. She was pictured in the New York Times wearing 19th century clothes.
The sign on her seat reads: "Evolution was a controversy . . . 150 years ago. It’s not anymore. Teach 21st Century Science." Read more about the debate
Do you agree/disagree? Have I got it all wrong? Shed some light on the debate in the comments section or take the poll!