Comment by David Smith on January 8, 2014 at 2:22am

That was great.  I respect intelligence, but above that, I respect the intellectuals of the world that take the time to help people like myself understand the universe.

Michio Kaku has such a great way of doing this, he has charisma and the ability to relate his subject matter to something already understood by the viewer.

Comment by SparkyMac on January 8, 2014 at 3:02am
Michigan has a collection of amazing videos on the Think Big YouTube channel.
http://m.youtube.com/user/bigthink

Science has helped understand the world more and appreciate the marvels of the universe. Just like Dawkins, I get the same overwhelming flood of emotions that a 'person with faith' would get from their fantasy book. However, Dawkins quite rightly understands the uniqueness of each scientific discovery. I, on the other hand, have got a lot to learn and understand. As a trainee teacher, I am learning about science and misconceptions all the time. Children have the most amazing brains and ask the best philosophic questions in contrast to adults.
Comment by David Smith on January 8, 2014 at 3:16am

Great to hear! I love educators! I think its so important that people make the discoverys that change to world, but on a societal level, its just as important that people like you help the rest of the world understand them.

Our general knowledge and ability to put it into practice, I believe, Is very important.  People are working on the next big discovery as we speak, your working on the people that will pick up the torch when they are done.

The most valuable thing anyone can learn is love for learning.  If you teach them that, they will teach themselves everything else.

Comment by SparkyMac on January 8, 2014 at 3:28am
Teaching RE in primary isn't about preaching to them (I would quit the professional if it was). It is about learning the similarities and differences. The curriculum focuses on the main celebrations, symbols and routines of each of the main abrahamic religions. The new curriculum includes other religions and belief systems such as Buddhism and Humanism.

It makes me laugh that we have to teach RE because the religions are incompatible and hate each other. As a teacher, I have to apologise for their hatred and instruct the children that we must live together in harmony (just don't be gay and call Allah names, OK?).
Comment by David Smith on January 8, 2014 at 4:16am

I'd agree that teaching the existence of religions and the differences between their beliefs is not preaching.  Though I think that teaching would be better suited as a small part of sociology class.

Would love to hear more about your views on the subject in the conversation about religions in schools here -http://www.thinkatheist.com/forum/topics/religion-in-schools?id=198...

Comment by SparkyMac on January 8, 2014 at 7:29am
Funny you brought that up. My next blog mentions the force feeding of praying in schools. Like I have said many times before, children inherit a faith they can't grasp or believe in.

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