Salty Water = Proof for Creationism?

I recently started teaching at a small home school. I had no idea what I was getting into until I started teaching "Biology" <--- note the quotations! I opened up the book expecting to find hard facts and good lessons but instead it started off by saying how all animals were created on the 5th day. *Cue immediate facepalm* Now I'm supposed to read this to my class, which took some hard effort and displacement of my consciousness. I felt like such a fraud!

But THEN I came across a small paragraph titled "Proof of creationism". It discussed how the salt from the oceans is gathered from the rivers and streams that run from the mountains to the oceans, and how the water picks up the salt from the sand and rock it runs over. Then they go on to say that if the world was in fact billions of years old then the oceans would be a lot saltier, so therefore creationism! I just couldn't teach my class that. There was absolutely NO WAY! So I conveniently skipped it and went on to teach them what little hard facts there were in the book without the "If god hadn't created these creatures with this... " and  "Praise god for giving us this creature!" Is it a bad thing that I choose to skip the god stuff? Am I supposed to be teaching them lies if that's what I'm told to do?

I must say though, that I have never heard that argument before. It's usually the "Without god you would kill people" and "Then where did everything come from?" arguments, not salty oceans! I'm not even sure I would know how to respond if a theist approached me with that.

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Tags: argument, oceans, salty, teaching, theist

Comment by Strega on May 24, 2013 at 7:27pm

I need new spectacles.  I thought you'd typed "It can prevent buggery".   I must have been misled by the context.

Comment by Lee on May 24, 2013 at 7:47pm

I would daresay that what you are doing would not be considered teaching, but reciting, or reading aloud. No offense to you, but I couldn't do it. At the very least, if I disagreed with something, I would have to present the counter-evidence, or perhaps even get the kids thinking themselves by the Socratic method.

And while I don't know your particular situation, I can say that I personally would rather be homeless than to be a part of propagating such a forced curriculum on vulnerable minds.

Comment by Pope Beanie on May 24, 2013 at 9:59pm

The moles, liters, grams, dilution and stuff make scientific sense, but it doesn't address the question of why salt levels don't keep building up. But damn, I just had an idea...

There are places where seawater goes, and then dries up, leaving behind salt ponds and salt flats! Very little of that salt returns to the sea, but the evaporated water does. I don't know what the numbers are, but I wouldn't be surprised if it explains most of the difference. Even our Great Salt Lake, now dry, played a part in that ancient history.

Comment by Tom Sarbeck on May 25, 2013 at 12:36am

When theists present you with explanations as complicated as salt levels in the ocean, pause and think.

1) It's very much a left brain thing they're giving you, and

2) They don't do right brain stuff.

What does that tell you, if not that they are committed to their beliefs and attempts to reason with them will fail.

Take the damn hint and do something that benefits you ! ! ! ! !

Comment by Unseen on May 25, 2013 at 9:27am

My first impulse was that you should flat out quit (if you can), but then I thought that they'd just replace you with someone who wouldn't open up the class to discussion. You can tell the kids that just because something is in a book it doesn't follow that it's true. What's true is the world. A book is simply someone trying to make sense of it, Then get some critical thinking started.

Comment by Teri G on May 25, 2013 at 10:23am

I have very little say in what gets taught in the class. Firstly, the home schooling system that they are using dictates what should be learnt and from which books they should learn it from each day and as far as I understand it needs to be stuck to as closely as possible? I'm not quite sure as to how it works. Secondly, I am just temporarily replacing a teacher who is on maternity leave, she is the one who runs the home school (it is a tiny home school with a whole 4 students!) and I need to follow her curriculum as she has set the tests that they must take. As far as I can tell, none of the tests include any questions on god. Thirdly, a few children in the class have learning difficulties and trying to cater for them while making sure that everyone is understanding what I'm saying while getting through the work load is tough. We also barely have enough time in the day to get through the work we are supposed to, as the hours that the school is open for is ridiculously short. Trying to introduce more work or different work while leaving time open for debate is just not an option. I have approached the mothers to see if they can extend a few days to longer hours, but I work 2 jobs so I don't always have the time.

Comment by Royal red on January 7, 2014 at 11:32am

I'm so sorry your stuck with a dumb book i'm not sure about the laws or rules but i would say talk to the people and put up a good argument.

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