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The issue in the Kansas controversy was not intelligent design and certainly not creationism. The current Kansas standards state: "To promote good science, good pedagogy and a curriculum that is secular, neutral and non-ideological, school districts are urged to follow the advice provided by the House and Senate Conferees in enacting the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001."
This "advice," which the Kansas standards quote, is: "The Conferees recognize that quality science education should prepare students to distinguish the data and testable theories of science from religious or philosophical claims that are made in the name of science. Where topics are taught that may generate controversy (such as biological evolution), the curriculum should help students to understand the full range of scientific views that exist, why such topics may generate controversy, and how scientific discoveries can profoundly affect society."
This is actually a very good subject of discussion, but not one that could even begin to be covered properly in a single-subject specific class like bio or chem or phy. They simply don't have time. It deserves a whole class of its own. Something like: Society and Science: A History of Their Interaction From the Greek Philosophers to the Present Day. Of course it would be cold day in h3ll before any republicans would fund such a course. And equally of course I wouldn't let a total-loon-rightwing-ideological-hack within 1000 light years of the textbook writing and selection process.
|The newly elected school board members immediately pledged to work swiftly to restore a science curriculum that does not subject evolution to criticism. They don't want students to learn "the full range of scientific views" or that there is a "controversy" about evolution.|
Liberals see the political value to teaching evolution in school, as it makes teachers and children think they are no more special than animals. Childhood joy and ambition can turn into depression as children learn to reject that they were created in the image of God.
So the controversy really is a religious one? But I thought,
|The issue in the Kansas controversy was not intelligent design and certainly not creationism.|
Can't she even keep her story straight inside the same piece of commentary?
|Intelligent judges are beginning to reject the intolerant demands of evolutionists. In May, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals overturned the decision by a Clinton-appointed trial judge to prohibit the Cobb County, Ga., school board from placing this sticker on textbooks: "Evolution is a theory, not a fact, regarding the origin of living things. This material should be approached with an open mind, studied carefully, and critically considered."|
Yeah, don't let anyone forget he was a Clinton appointee. Now who was it exactly that nominated that activist judge in Pennsylvannia who shot down the Dover school board? Oh yeah, Judge Jones was put there by none other than that object-of-total-loon-rightwing-idol-worship George W. Bush.
"The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie--deliberate, contrived, and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic. Belief in myths allows the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought."-John F. Kennedy