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Jason Spaceman



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(Permalink) Posted: Mar. 08 2007,02:37   

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A Ventura County Board of Education member sparks the debate over evolution and creationism

~ By MATTHEW SINGER ~

A vote on whether to introduce a science textbook to Ventura County seventh graders has been postponed over one board of education member’s objections to its framing of evolution as a proven fact.

Ron Matthews, a self-described born-again Christian, complained at a public board meeting Feb. 26 that the language of Focus on California Life Science takes evolution “out of the realm of theory” and presents it as scientific law. He also protested the book’s lack of discussion about creationism as another idea on how life began.

“Evolution is a theory proliferated all over the world,” Matthews said later in a phone interview. “Students have to have an understanding of what’s being perpetrated on an unsuspecting, unknowing world, but [schools] also have to present the truth — the truth being Biblical creation.”

Focus on California Life Science would be used by seventh graders attending Gateway School in Camarillo and at its satellite campus in Ventura. While it refers to evolution as a theory, it also implies that certain aspects of evolution are accepted facts, Matthews said.

But for Matthews, whose father served on the Oxnard Union High School District Board of Trustees for 19 years, the larger issue here is the decline of Christian values in America overall. Because their parents went through “the Godless public school system,” children today are not attending church like they used to, he said. Consequently, kids are not learning about creationism away from school and are instead “being taught they are nothing but animals with animal instincts and are not accountable to a possible creator that created them for a purpose,” Matthews said.


Read it here.

   
Jason Spaceman



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(Permalink) Posted: Mar. 08 2007,02:41   

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At the Feb. 26 meeting, Matthews requested to review the four other state-approved books rejected by the local committee of teachers and school administrators responsible for recommending texts to the board, to see if any offer a “more balanced” overview of origin theories and do not “teach dogmatically the theory of evolution.” Should he find one, he plans on bringing it to the board for a vote, he said.


He might try Of Pandas & People.  The Dover school board has a few dozen copies of that doorstopper gathering dust in their library.  Perhaps they can ship them to Matthews.   :D

   
Henry J



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(Permalink) Posted: Mar. 08 2007,16:35   

Re "Read it here."

No thanks - the part you quoted was more than enough.

  
Steviepinhead



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(Permalink) Posted: Mar. 08 2007,17:42   

Oh yeah, the "Christian values" of Oxnard High, where this moron's father was a Board member for 19 years...!

I wonder if that included 1960, the year that OHS was selected as one of the 10 worst high schools in the country (teachers regularly hung by their heels off the second story balcony, etc.).

By the time I went there, in the mid-Sixties, it was possible to get a decent education there.  As long as you managed to make it into the "top" track of college-prep courses, where we had generally excellent and dedicated teachers.

But even then, there was the "shooting gallery" bathroom that was off limits to teachers and administrators.  A significant number of the varsity football team died of overdoses within a few years of leaving school, etc...

Ah, yes.  Let's return to those good old all-American values of yesteryear.

Not only is this guy the usual error-regurgitating CreaIDiot butt-wipe, but he's the usual hypocritical-religious butt-wipe as well.  Check?  Check!

  
"Rev Dr" Lenny Flank



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(Permalink) Posted: Mar. 08 2007,20:24   

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At the Feb. 26 meeting, Matthews requested to review the four other state-approved books rejected by the local committee of teachers and school administrators responsible for recommending texts to the board, to see if any offer a “more balanced” overview of origin theories and do not “teach dogmatically the theory of evolution.” Should he find one, he plans on bringing it to the board for a vote, he said.


He might try Of Pandas & People.  The Dover school board has a few dozen copies of that doorstopper gathering dust in their library.  Perhaps they can ship them to Matthews.   :D

If we're lucky, that will result in another court case.  I ***love*** the smell of creationists frying themselves in court.  Again.    :)

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