Response to the Columbus Dispatch
"STATE SCIENCE CURRICULUM MUSTN'T IGNORE EVOLUTION"
by Dave Lore, Science reporter for the Columbus Dispatch
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Creationists are those who -- for religious or pseudo-scientific reasons -- insist that Darwin got it wrong. They want public schools to stop teaching evolution or give equal time to the story of biblical creation or its modern equivalent, the case for "intelligent design.''
Mr. Lore, can you name _any_ creationist or creationist organization that wants public schools to stop teaching evolution right now? Can you name _any_ creationist or creationist organization that is actively pursuing trying to give equal time to the story of biblical creation?
As I made you aware in an earlier e-mail, our suggested origins policy for school boards 1) does _not_ call for public schools to stop teaching evolution unless they refuse to allow all sides of the debate into the classroom and 2) does _not_ call for public schools to give equal time to the story of biblical creation.
"As no theory in science is immune from critical examination and evaluation, and recognizing that evolutionary theory is the only approved theory of origins that can be taught in the [province/state] science curriculum: whenever evolutionary theory is taught, students and teachers are encouraged to discuss the scientific information that _supports_ and _questions_ evolution and its underlying assumptions, in order to promote the development of critical thinking skills. This discussion would include only the scientific evidence/information _for_ and _against_ evolutionary theory, as it seeks to explain the origin of the universe and the diversity of life on our planet."
Editors note: There is an implied assumption that what's being referred to here is our current goals, based upon current legal realities. It is the goal of most creation organizations to have evolution removed after all the opposing scientific arguments have been allowed into the classroom, and it has been disproved. At that point it would make sense to eliminate it from the curriculum. Also, it is our position that it should be eliminated before then if the State Board of Education continues support the idea of censoring the opposing scientific arguments.
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