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Wesley R. Elsberry

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(Permalink) Posted: Dec. 25 2002,05:54   

Phoenixville School District Addresses Evolution Alternatives

New wording in the Phoenixville Area School District's mission statement is already accomplishing its purpose: provoking discussion of hot-button issues such as evolution alternatives.


The mission statement was altered at the urging of school board vice president, David M. Langdon.

Langdon had sought a more detailed statement, urging the teaching of "intelligent design" as an alternative to evolution.


Langdon, a software quality-control manager who earned a bachelor's degree in biochemistry at Lehigh University, is a devout Christian and said he believes the Biblical account of creation is literally true. He criticized the way evolution is taught.

"My opinion is that evolution has some problems with it that the scientific community doesn't want to talk about," Langdon said.

As John Stear points out, "Creationism is not the alternative to evolution; ignorance is."

"You can't teach an old dogma new tricks." - Dorothy Parker

charlie d

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(Permalink) Posted: Dec. 25 2002,13:00   

Biochemistry major at Lehigh, uh?  I wonder who Mr. Langdon's advisor was...

Anyway, the statement in question is:
"critical thinking, along with objective and thorough investigation of data and theories in all areas of study is necessary to ensure the success of the educational program."  

I am surprised they didn't teach that already in Phoenixville: it sure would have helped Mr. Langdon's get a better critical understanding of creationism!

Edited by charlie d on Dec. 25 2002,13:00

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