Monday, August 08, 2005

I Weep For The Future Of Science Education In America

The GOP is the party of limited government, except when it comes to abortion, school prayer, the American flag, marriage, and teaching science:

"This (evolution controversy) is a very, very weird situation that we're in," she said. "It's a game that we (science teachers) don't know how to play. It's 'he said, she said,' and we're used to proving things scientifically.

UC Berkeley biology Professor David Lindberg tells the story of a Christian pastor who appeared at the classroom of a Contra Costa County teacher on the first day of school.

The pastor had a simple question for the teacher: "How do you plan to teach biology this year?"

The implication of such visits to teachers, according to Lindberg and other evolutionary theory defenders: You'd better at least mention intelligent design or some other critique of evolution or you'll have to answer to some angry parents or other clergy. Or possibly the school board. Or a court.
This is an excellent example of something that has been discussed in CYD lately, and was part of this past weekend's YDA by the Bay focus: there needs to be a Democrat in every race, for every office, at every level, in every jurisdiction and political subdivision in the country.

Which is why organizations such as the 2nd Century Project are so important. But more on them soon . . . .

4 comments:

JB said...

Oh come now Christiana,
Science would benefit from a wholesale reexamination of its scientific preconceptions, and how the Bible fits into them.

They don't however, because to do so would be incredibly disturbing. There is more historical basis to the Bible's Genesis account, than the twisted interpretation of the evolutionists.

cd said...

Seriously?

Come now, yourself. Biblical scholars and most parents would benefit from a wholesale education in science, scientific method, thought, instruction, and theory.

When I read that the big ID proponent is a LAW professor and not, say, a SCIENTIST, pardon me for being a bit incredulous. I'm an armchair scientist as well - and I actually have a comparatively strong background in science (physics - and advanced math for that matter) - but I sure as hell know my limitations.

Couching theology in pseudo-scientific terms is a dangerous game.

JB said...

ID is only on the table because most evangelicals have given away the game when it comes to scientific understanding of how the world was created or not.

I don't blame you for being incredulous, one should be generally about a great deal many things.

It's good that one knows there limitations, the question is, who's exceeding their limitations? Scientists or the Religious.

The problem is, this battle is not between "science" and "religion." The problem is this battle, is between two opposing religions.
One being the world's oldest religion. Obedience to God, the second being the world's second oldest religion, rebellion against God.

"Science" is just taking up the battle flag for one of the sides.

cd said...

Nice try, but no dice.

Religious zealots planting this crap on school boards and in parents' and kids' heads are exceeding their limitations. Science is a very slow moving process by which we learn about our world. Religion is ready to lay the smack down on further discovery under the excuse of "see, your evolution theories don't capture the whole story RIGHT NOW, so GAME OVER, we win."

Hardly.

There are a billion and one things we cannot yet explain. Rushing to judgment, I'm pretty sure, was never endorsed in the Bible.

Scientific inquiry is not a rebellion against God. It is a celebration of the mind and of free will.