Monday, August 08, 2005

A Comment from a Public School Teacher

A public school teacher I know recently said this on a forum post regarding teaching about "challenges" to evolution.
I would like to inject an observation from a friend who teaches biology at a private school. Some parents had forced a change in the science curriculum. They said they wanted a free and open discussion of the strenghts and weaknesses of the theory of evolution. He had a number of conservative, religious parents upset at him because he had a debate in class, and had students find all of the available evidence they could for and against evolution. Apparently, a number of the students who had thought there were gaping holes in evolutionary theory came away with changed opinions. And their parents were unhappy. Sort of falls under the category of "Be careful what you disingenuously claim to wish for..."

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