Once again we here in Texas are having that debate: Just how much religion do we teach in public schools? And once again, the religious—and obviously scientifically challenged—crowd want Texas schoolbooks to downplay evolution and add creationism to the curriculum. Don McLeroy is up to his old tricks, and he has a new booster in the form of Ide Trotter to help him in his cause.
That cause, of course, is the hobbling of the minds of Texas students. Without a secure grounding in science and the scientific method, children across the state will be at a severe disadvantage when confronted with the superior training of their peers around the country. Creationism is a creeping vine invading our schools, with its sole purpose as a barrier to a quality science education. Faith becomes more important than reason in the science curriculum, for how else to accept creationism other than through faith? It can’t be tested. No aspect of the scientific method can prove or disprove creationism. Nor can it prove or disprove my (just invented) destructionism theory—where the universe was not created, but destroyed from a much better form and now we inhabit the desolation.
Hey, you’ve got your faith, I’ve got mine.
These people who have seized control of our children’s futures are also forgetting something vitally important to their cause; specifically, with their low opinion of teachers in general, do they really want those people teaching religion to their kids? I mean, in a few years kids will likely be picturing God as creature with three candy-cane horns and a clown nose. Seriously. Or, at least, that’s the way I would teach it.
And that’s the point. With no control over how this faith stuff gets taught, it will be left to teachers—many of whom don’t share the faith of these people—to teach it as they see fit. I can see many biology teachers (the good ones, at least) who, being forced to introduce creationism in a science class, and being left to their own devices on how to present the information, spending just enough time to show just how stupid it is, and then move on to actual, you know…science.
So, yeah, let’s put religion on display in a science class. I dare you.
- Texas Textbook Hearing Incites Debate Over Whether Students Should Learn Creationism
- Don McLeroy’s Strange Testimony on Texas Science Textbooks: ‘Support the Bible, and Adopt These Books’ (secularnewsdaily.com)
- Former Texas Board of Education chair argues for ‘final blow’ to evolution studies (rawstory.com)
- Evolution, creationism conflict reignites at board of education (kvue.com)
- Creationist: Give Creationist Kids Evolution! (leavingfundamentalism.wordpress.com)
- Texas mulls new textbooks, sparks evolution debate (sfgate.com)
- During public hearing, Texans battle over role of creationism in textbooks (khou.com)
- How did this guy become chairman of the Texas Board of Education? (blogs.e-rockford.com)
- Tempestuous Texas Textbook Trouble (sensuouscurmudgeon.wordpress.com)
- Zombie Festival of Texas Creationism (sensuouscurmudgeon.wordpress.com)