I recently found out my daughter's High School "science teacher" is unwilling to teach 'conventional evolution' based on her reservations about teaching a theory she doesn't believe in. I guess this is one of those things you say you saw coming but never thought would happen to you (your family). I am wondering about how best to pursue this issue. My first inclination is a scorched earth take no prisoners assault on the principals office (figuratively speaking of course) and a report to the district office because I seriously doubt a direct, courteous interaction with the instructor will have any effect whatsoever.

My daughter has aspirations of a career in the scientific fields and I would hate for something like this to tarnish those dreams.

I have spent the past hour trying to pen an official complaint but it keeps devolving into a long diatribist rant about the need for an honest address to the principles of education and the future of America.


Has anyone been through this and does anyone have any advice?


Thanks,

Tim

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Tags: Atheist, evolution, parent, school, science, teacher

Comment by Ed on February 28, 2012 at 11:56pm

At a minimum the principal of your daughter's school should be reminded in no uncertain terms that the curriculum being offered is not to be subjected to personal censorship by those conducting the class, aka the teachers. If it is a public school I would express my concern that teachers should not be allowed to inject their religion beliefs onto class material and students.

Comment by Cali4niaSon on February 29, 2012 at 1:47am

Thank you Ed

Good points. Yes it is a public school, but it's supposed to be one of the better ones, one where I wouldn't have thought this kind of foolishness was possible.

I can't tell you how much this infuriates me, and it got me thinking. This teacher supposedly had to go through years of education to get her accreditation.... you do still have to go to school to become a teacher, right? So what angers me is that she then presumes to take it upon herself to determine what is right for my child to learn. Where does anyone get balls that big? I mean she took all those courses throughout HER academic career and was still able to come to the false conclusion she arrived at.

Seems a little hypocritical to me.

Thanks again.

Comment by Cali4niaSon on February 29, 2012 at 4:18pm

Thank you rich, good advice.

My daughter is doing a little recon work over the next couple of days to try and pin down exactly where her teacher stands on the issue before we proceed in the next week. The evolution segment of her course begins in a little over a week so we would like to let our concerns be known before then.

Comment by Ed on February 29, 2012 at 9:05pm

It would be interesting to ask the course instructor if they questioned the validity of said theory when they were a student. Also it would be revealing to understand how they dismiss the overwhelming body of evidence that support's evolution. You might want to give your daughter an inexpensive copy of Darwin's Origin of Species to give the teach instead of a freakin' apple!

Comment by Becca on February 29, 2012 at 10:17pm

Well the first thing I'd do is look up the curriculum requirements for your school district and for your state. Curriculum should be on your school districts webpage and the state requirements should be found on your state's website under education. You should also be able to walk into your kid's school and ask the Principal see the state and school district curriculum standards... if they can't at least give you a copy to look at or point you to the website online then there is something seriously wrong with the school. Then print out the stuff relevant to the class your daughter is taking. If the curriculum states that evolution should be taught to the students then you bring this to the Principal and Superintendent and demand that your child be taught what is on the curriculum standards and report the teacher. It's important to document as much as you can... have your daughter keep notes on what your teacher says about evolution and even ask questions about evolution. Also make sure you have a copy of the class syllabus and any papers that teacher hands out so you can show that in fact the teacher is not following curriculum standards. As far as I am aware every state's curriculum standards call for the teaching of evolution in high school biology classes and/or life sciences or intro to science classes. Here's article on some of the state's decisions about teaching evolution: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4630737

Comment by Rob Klaers on March 1, 2012 at 4:58am

@Becca..I think the standards would depend on whether or not they get their text books from Texas. Otherwise, I agree with you and Ed on all points. Something I'm sure I'll have to keep in mind when my child is enough .

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