So this is how "smart" I am...I just realized that when I replied to your greeting, I did so as a comment on my wall and I'm not sure if it got to you! Thanks for the welcome! This community is fantastic; for me, it's like an oasis of rationality in the intellectual desert of Bible Belt Texas. (Then again, I'm not sure that I am fit to chastise anyone's intelligence as I seem to be challenged by properly replying to comments on boards, lol!)
Hey Nelson I just wanted to say I re re featured you because of your awesome mega doom responses on the forums/blogs haha :] Thanks for putting some great perspective/talking points on complicated issues!
Before I say more I should verify that evolution has not been buried in another part of the curriculum at a different grade level --I'm sure it hasn't.
Several years prior to my move to Tennessee the school district I work for decided to try a different science format than the state. Sixth grade was physical science, seventh life science(biology) and eight grade teachers taught earth and space. It was very successful. This year, due to state testing complications, we've reverted to the convoluted state curriculum.
I'm embarrassed to admitt that for several years I did teach a diluted chapter on evolution. Another "science" teacher told me not to touch it at all. How can an educated person even attempt to discuss virology or any aspect of life science without evolution.
Most of my colleagues are Christians with little or no understanding of science. The bible is their textbook.
Been away since your last post. Teaching biology in Tennessee is a challenge. As of this year all reference to evolution/adaptation over time has been removed from the middle school science curriculum. It happened gradually over the past 5 years.