Over the last decade, creationism has morphed into “creation science,” then later “intelligent design.” All of these curriculum have been banned. The latest defeat was in 2005, when a federal judge in Pennsylvania banned “intelligent design.”
But, the battle is far from over. The new fight will be in Texas, over science textbooks that teach evolution. The new tactic is a change in the curriculum language. The words “creationism,” “intelligent design,” or “creator” will not appear. Instead, the words are “strengths and weaknesses.”
This summer, the Texas state education board will determine the curriculum for the next decade and decide whether the “strengths and weaknesses” of evolution should be taught.
These people don’t hang it up too easily do they?
The phrases may sound harmless, but this new strategy is taking shape across the nation to undermine the teaching of evolution, and its being driven by Christian fundamentalists. These people insist on having religious content written into scientific curriculum. They just can’t seem to accept the fact that a science class is no place for Jesus, and vice versa. Deal with it. These are different conversations for different forums. Do evolutionists carry their argument into Church? Do they petition to get the bible edited???
If you want your children to learn creationism, take them to one of your brain-wash mega-churches and leave the rest of us alone!
Come on already.
Legislators in a half-dozen states have tried to require that classrooms be open to “views about the scientific strengths and weaknesses of Darwinian theory,” according to a petition from the Discovery Institute.
The “strengths and weaknesses” language was slipped into the curriculum standards in Texas to appease creationists when the State Board of Education first mandated the teaching of evolution in the late 1980s. However, it has had little effect because evolution skeptics have not had enough power on the education board to win the argument that textbooks do not adequately cover the weaknesses of evolution.
The Texas Board of Education is flying in the face of national legal trends, as their rougue majority (seven of fifteen members) subscribe to the notion of intelligent design, backed by by Gov. Rick Perry, a Republican.
If Texas is allowed to set and use this type of curriculum, these materials will spread to other states as textbook manufacturers distribute books nationwide. Lawmakers across the country have tried to require that classrooms be open to all views. The Discovery Institute for instance, has provided a template for legislators to file “academic freedom” bills that have surfaced everywhere from Georgia to Washington.
Dr. McLeroy, the Texas board chairman, sees the debate as being between “two systems of science.”
“You’ve got a creationist system and a naturalist system,” he said.
Naturalist system? Isn’t evolution a “naturalist” approach? As I see it, evolution is the scientific approach explained through the ‘naturalist perspective’, and creationism is the ‘fairy tale’ approach explained through the biblical perspective.
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