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Science Education Gets a Lift

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Fair and balanced science education can happen in Louisiana, California evolution education backed by the government.

 

Recently stories have abounded from the Alliance Defense Fund, Citizenlink, and Worldnetdaily about science education battles taking place in various states; most recently and notably in Louisiana.

 

The good news in Louisiana is that specific language which would have banned teaching scientific creationism and intelligent design was thrown out in the new guidelines adopted by the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE). The new guidelines, adopted Tuesday by a 10-0 vote still bans the promotion of any religious doctrine, but will “encourage critical thinking about scientific topics including evolution, human cloning and global warming.”

 

President of Louisiana Family Forum Action, Gene Mills, was excited after the ruling on the Science Education Act, stating that,

 

“The board acted appropriately, and as a result, academic freedom and inquiry are alive and well in Louisiana.”

 

One the other side of the country in California, the Pacific Justice League is fighting with the federal government over a website paid for by a federal grant aimed at indoctrinating teachers with evolution.

 

Brad Dacus, of the PJL said,

 

“This is a classic example of what our Founding Fathers did not want. The government is playing a role that is overtly hostile to some religious groups and denominations while favoring and giving greater recognition towards others. The website urges teachers to challenge students’ religious beliefs that evolution contradicts their faith.”

 The website is obviously biased towards evolution. One look at some of the points made on the site will reveal that all scientific endeavor and neutrality have been tossed out the window. Here’s a sample:

 

“Creationism is not scientific; it is a purely religious view held by some religious sects and persons and strongly opposed by other religious sects and persons.

 “Evolution is the only presently known strictly scientific and nonreligious explanation for the existence and diversity of living organisms. It is therefore the only view that should be expounded in pubic school courses on science, which are distinct from those on religion.”

 Such blatant falsities are common for the evolution-only crowd who, much like any other religious group, hold to their beliefs with fervor and zeal not seen since the Apostles walked the earth. But, sadly, they have left the realm of academic discourse to pursue a slowly fading theory of the origin of all things.

 

And to say that Intelligent Design, or Scientific Creationism are not scientific, that only evolution is scientific, and that all the flaws of evolution have been addressed satisfactorily is nothing more than blind arrogance. (Just consider the growing list of reputable scientists who now stand behind either Intelligent Design or Scientific Creationism, click here for the list).

 

It’s sad when the government, the ones who supposedly uphold the “separation of church and state,” are willing to affirm some religious views, but deny others the same opportunity; just some more hypocrisy out of Washington.

 

Further Food for Thought:

Who’s Indoctrinating Who? The Fight for Fair and Balanced Science Education in Texas

 

 

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  1. What a load of nonsense. There is only one viable explanation for which there is any evidence for (and the evidence is overwhelming) and that is evolution. The only thing creationists can muster for their cause are disingenuous attacks on evolution, such as ‘where are all the transitional forms in the fossil record?’ (for a good overview of the massive number of transitional fossils see Prothero’s Evolution: What the Fossils Say and Why It Matters, but creationists don’t educate themselves on such matters, preferring ignorance to knowledge) or (like) simply state that there are problems with evolution without ever bothering to put forward even one such.

    Certainly, creation or its sexed-up version known as ID has no positive evidence in support of it. Nor is it scientific, since it does not explain anything. ‘God-did-it’ is not an explanation, by the way. You’ve simply moved the question to ‘how did god do it?’. Answer that and I have more respect for the position, but I’ve yet to hear any answer from anyone. What testable hypotheses does ID/creation generate? Answer: none. They are just-so stories and as such disqualify themselves from being scientific.

    As for the ‘growing list of reputable scientists who now stand behind either Intelligent Design or Scientific Creationism [sic]*’ (the link you provide goes to Google, not any list, so I presume that you mean the list produced by the Disco Institute) is loaded with dentists and has no biologists on it.

    If you want fair and balanced, ID/creationism shouldn’t get the time of day in a science class. Certainly, equal time greatly overstates the evidence in support relative to that for evolution.

    *There is no such thing.

    shamelesslyatheist

    January 19, 2009 at 6:10 pm

  2. I find myself agreeing with shamelesslyatheist. How is the study of ID (which is not science) or creationism in any way scientific or even academic in a way which befits general education?
    What is next? Teaching the Heliocentric hypothesis? Alchemy?

    Matt

    January 19, 2009 at 9:07 pm

  3. All scientifically literate people would agree with this statement:

    “Evolution is the only presently known strictly scientific and nonreligious explanation for the existence and diversity of living organisms. It is therefore the only view that should be expounded in pubic school courses on science, which are distinct from those on religion.”

    bobxxxx

    January 20, 2009 at 5:37 am

  4. “Just consider the growing list of reputable scientists who now stand behind either Intelligent Design or Scientific Creationism,”

    It has been considered and nobody was impressed. Many of the people on this list are dead. Virtually none of them are biologists. Many of them are not really scientists. All of them are a disgrace to their profession. The list represents much less than one percent of scientists. It’s actually very close to zero percent of scientists.

    There’s nothing scientific about creationism or intelligent design creationism which are nothing more than childish beliefs in magic.

    “Fair and balanced science education can happen in Louisiana”

    There is nothing fair about lying to students, and that’s what this anti-science Louisiana bill is all about. The scientifically illiterate politicians of Louisiana want to let bad science teachers lie to their students about science. They should pass a bill that demands the immediate firing of bad teachers. No student should have to be stuck with a science teacher who doesn’t even know what science is.

    bobxxxx

    January 20, 2009 at 5:46 am


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