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Tuesday, August 02, 2005

No Intelligent Design

President George W Bush apparently explicitly endorsed the teaching of creationism in science classes in schools - he is wrong. Schools should teach science, not crackpot thinly veneered biblical fables in science classes.

If creationism or intelligent design is to be taught in schools, it should be done as part of comparative religion, in religious studies classes. It is not science, has no place in science, and will work to further depress US competence in science in the long run.

See also Pharyngula

This is getting out of control.

PS Department of Education National Advisory Board Science Framework (large PDF) - see pages 20, 74 and 90.

Bit weak kneed, but a start.

WaPo has the full transcript - worth reading for some other bits

4 Comments:

Anonymous j said...

This is getting out of control.

Most unfortunate for you: the "rightwing extremist government" gets to decide what is taught in schools, not you. Too bad; so sad. :(

9:30 PM  
Blogger Steinn said...

Ya know, I've hear SC Area School District called a lot of things, but "rightwing extremist government" is a new one.

There are occasional outbreaks of wingnuts trying to impose crackpot theories and ideology on local school districts in the US, they get beaten back, but it is dirty work.

However, let me remind you, those who decide what is taught, ultimately, are the teachers. Not preachers, management consultants or right wing think tank pundits.

10:48 PM  
Anonymous j said...

No shit. As one of said educators, let me assure you that I teach all the "wingnut crackpot theories" I can manage in both my public school and university positions.

10:53 PM  
Blogger Steinn said...

What a very unusual job arrangement.

You should probably start familiarising yourself with where curricular content decisions are actually made then.

So, "j", are you brave enough to tell us what "crackpot theories" you teach, and where?

Or just another anonymous coward?

1:18 PM  

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