We all know of the big debate within the American school system: teaching intelligent design. It seems all that I am hearing from that side is "evolution is not true! fill the gap with god!" However, I haven't heard one thing about the actual curriculum of intelligent design. They say "Teach the Controversy!" but what exactly do they want to teach? I'm also quite puzzled how they will teach anything in biology (specially as a honors high school course) without invoking the word evolution. From what I can gather, it seems the entire class would be spent just 'debuking' evolution and not actually teaching anything that would progress our nation's students.
Has anyone here seen any sort of curriculum guide? textbooks? or even evidence of an intelligent designer/agent?
it seems the entire class would be spent just 'debuking' evolution and not actually teaching anything
Well in order to debunk evolution, they would have to present the ideas they want to debunk. Hopefully critical thinking students will latch onto those ideas & instead of going along with the course material will research about evolution themselves.
And if they teach Christian creationist story - I hope the students ask
If Adam & Eve were the first humans, and they had kids. And all of them were the only humans at that time, then where did the next generation come from? Did they.....?
Hopefully that will shut up the teacher & if a similar line of questioning becomes popular with the students, then maybe the mockery of the syllabus will get Idiotic Design yanked from the syllabus.
It's amazing politicians (and my limited experience with the ones in TN is they are scientifically illiterate, fundamental Christians) keep binging this up given the following list of scientific societies and their position papers on evolution/ID:
In my letter to my TN reps re: the law attempted to be passed here, I listed all these organizations and commented that perhaps the TN legislature knows better than all these organizations.
During the discussions about the resolution, one rep said something to the effect of "it's about time we stopped be pushed around by intellectual bullies." I ended my letter with something like "It appears the intellectual bullies need to be put in their place by political bullies."
"It appears the intellectual bullies need to be put in their place by political bullies."
Nice list. Thanks for that.
You're right in regards to the TN politicians. It's not just science they are illiterate in, however, but a whole range of things. The same could be said for a vast majority of this country's politicians, regardless of political party.
You're welcome, and you're right.
I recently started reading Basic Economics by Thomas Sowell (it's been about 20 years since I took Macro and Microeconomics in college and wanted a refresher). It is clear many of our so-called leaders (state and federal) are economically illiterate as well.
And don't get me started on "American History".......
Is it sad that I could immediately tell that it was satire, not because of the points listed but off the grammar and punctuation?
Or am I just a grammar nazi?