Thursday, March 26, 2009

Texas debates teaching ignorance or evolution

This week, the Texas Board of Education is debating whether to teach science in science classes, or to let all of the state's students grow up to be idiots.

More specifically, they are deciding whether to allow teachers to teach evolution--which is one of the most important scientific theories EVER, and has been accepted as fact by all natural and physical scientists for over 150 years--without also teaching its "weaknesses."

Some Texas citizens think they know better than teachers and scientists, and many are arguing that Texas should continue teaching the "strengths and weaknesses" of scientific paradigms like evolution, which allows for local school districts to quietly slip Creationism into the curriculum.

The AP reports on the high level of intelligence of those in favor of keeping the current law:
"'My grandfather was not a monkey!' one woman shouted at a crowd before the meeting began."

Definitely, we need to hear scientific testimony from people who think that evolution means that one's grandfather was a monkey.

Thankfully, the Board of Education did the right thing and voted to reject the "strengths and weaknesses" provision, and to allow teachers to teach evolution with out having to include Creationist critiques of the theory. However, the vote was 7-7, with half of the board (all Republicans) wanting to continue to teach evolution as if it were some ridiculous idea full of holes and flaws.

People who think God should be taught in science classes may not have monkeys for grandfathers, but they do have shit for brains.

1 comment:

  1. This is a topic that always irritates me. People are perfectly entitled to their religious beliefs (even believing that evolution is wrong or not true), but there's nothing wrong with teaching is as a theory in school. I remember taking a class on world history and learning about different religions in high school, like Muslim and Buddhism, etc... and it didn't mean that I believe in those teachings. It's always beneficial to learn about different points of view that you don't believe in yourself, just so you can communicate intelligently with people who do believe in it. If you don't believe in evolution, wouldn't you at the very least want to know what it is instead of saying "oh I never heard of that, what is it?" and sounding stupid?
    And as for teaching creationism in SCIENCE class... don't get me started on that! It belongs in a world religion or philosophy class at best! Separate of church and state, people :\