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?
This is all I could really find right now. UTTER GARBAGE The foreword alone will make you sick.
There are some students in Louisiana fighting the good fight in trying to repeal the state's passing of SB 70, allowing creationism to be taught in the public schools. "In Livingston Parish, Jan Benton, Director of Curriculum, told the Livingston Parish School Board that the law’s purpose is to allow the teaching of “critical thinking and creationism” in science classes." Quite frankly, I don't think the terms 'critical thinking' and 'creationism' belong in the same sentence.
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".......
I am not sure what they would teach, but does it really matter. When you have the truth you don't need evidence right. Now that I am thinking about it chemistry is kind of boring, perhaps they should teach alchemy in schools. Our economy is devastated and what better way to increase government revenue than having our children work in labs to create gold. This would be amazing. Another problem that I have with our school system is that they are teaching our children about sex. I can't stand the fact that they are taking my kids innocence. A great way to do this is to add stork theory into our curriculum. Millions of children across the world have been taught this theory so it would have an easy transition into our school systems.
*Disclaimer- This post was written out of complete sarcasm, please don't assume that I have lost my mind. LOL*