Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Ohio school board considers policy requiring the teaching of creationism

As long as we are teaching controversies, why not the demonic possession of disease?

According to the Dayton Daily News, the proposed policy would require teachers to offer all sides of “controversial issues” such as evolution. Evolution is lumped in with other “controversial” issues such as sex education, legalization of drugs, pro-life/abortion, contraception/abstinence, conservatism/liberalism, politics, gun rights, global warming and climate change, and sustainable development.

WDTN Channel 2 News reports that Board Vice President Jim Rigano is trying to downplay the impact of the policy.

“It's about controversial issues and creation/evolution being one of those,” he said, “and the policy is being brought forward for a couple reasons. One is we don't want to be indoctrinating students to any particular point of view. We want to make sure that all sides are being taught in a fair and balanced way and, then, also, we want to encourage critical thinking."

We’re all in favor of "critical thinking," of course. And my critical thinking leads me to believe that board members are on a religious crusade.

Evolution is not a “controversial issue,” at least not within the scientific community. Scientists regard evolution as the central organizing principle of modern biology.

The National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine and other allied organizations have repeatedly insisted that science education must focus on science, not religion. Evolution is only controversial with fundamentalist Christians who want to teach their theology in public schools.

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