Saturday, June 07, 2008

Texas Board of Ed Stoopid

From the NYT: "The Texas State Board of Education is again considering a science curriculum that teaches the 'strengths and weaknesses' of evolution, setting an example that several other states are likely to follow. This is code for teaching creationism."

Are we really here again? I just don't get how people can call religion "science".

Does it have a place in the classroom? Perhaps, as the Times article suggests, in Social Studies, but absolutely not in a class that is supposed to be based on empirical evidence.

I am all for people embracing a faith that works for them, but if I had a kid in a school system that wanted to teach them creationism as opposed to evolution you can bet that I'd be pretty ticked off.

Now then. May his noodly appendages touch you all.

ETA a little story from Joan:

A little girl asked her mother, 'How did the human race appear?'
The mother answered, 'God made Adam and Eve and they had children and so was all mankind made.'
Two days later the girl asked her father the same question.
The father answered, 'Many years ago there were monkeys from which the human race evolved.'
The confused girl returned to her mother and said, 'Mom, how is it possible that you told me the human race was created by God, and Dad said they developed from monkeys?'
The mother answered, 'Well, dear, it is very simple. I told you about my side of the family and your father told you about his.'


mp said...

Not exactly on topic (however, I completely agree)... I totally should have used noodly appendage for Diamond Dave.

Joy said...

That is SO gross, MP. So. Gross.

Joan said...

I agree with you, Kate. As a former science coordinator, I was thankful NY did not mingle anyone's religion with science. Districts certainly can try to stop teachers from teaching evolution, but it is pretty difficult. It's up to the churches to explain their way of looking at life, not to try to force their way into public education.

Da Old Man said...

Texas BOE drives the country, as they buy so many books, the text makers cater to them.

Joan said...

Each state dictates what is required in the textbooks they purchase. Not everything is exactly according to the state curriculum, but they try to get it close. Science in NY is set by Hands on materials and concepts.