|Wesley R. Elsberry
Joined: May 2002
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