Studies show that the majority of Americans believe in God. But intolerant
secularists took out the teachings of the Bible from schools which describe the
origin of man. They cite the “Separation of Church and State” even
though such a phrase doesn’t even exist in the First Amendment and ignore
volumes of other evidence that Founders if our nation believed in God. A correct
interpretation of the First Amendment is that Congress shall not establish a
national Church because we believe in freedom of conscience in individuals
choosing a religion. But the First Amendment is also clear that Congress shall
also not prohibit “the free exercise” of religion. Clearly that
phrase itself should allow for religious teaching in the classroom - especially
if they are discussed as one of many theories discussing the origin of life.
When secularists advance their ideas related to the origin of man in Evolution,
, the Big Bang Theory, etc. - while excluding other theories contained in the
Bible - they are in effect promoting intolerant anti-religious views.
Well... the comment from NoNamesAccepted is an issue.You said a
teacher should be able to make their statement ""For the next couple of
weeks we're going to cover the scientific theory of evolution. This is the
only, best explanation science has for the origins of life. This is not intended
to attack your religious beliefs in any way.... "This statement is
factually wrong and this is the issue. The theory of evolution absolutely does
not address the origin of life.... at all. Public Education biology teachers
don't know this and refuse to teach this. They over-simplify the theory
and misrepresent the science. They are ill equipped to address what evolution
is. This is precisely why evolutionary theory should only be taught in college
level biology curriculum with advance genetic studies, so that theory can be put
in proper context. If you were to assign evolutionary theory to the
origins of life... it would declare that abiogenesis is the best answer for
origins. It is absolutely not. It has been debunked over and over and over
some more. We observe... life begets life every single time.
@NoNamesNo disclaimer needed for teaching evolution (I never give any).
Present the evidence and then have the students' institution teach
their competing/adjoining ideas on the topic.Critical thinking will
come from hearing both sides. No disclaimer needed is needed from either
group.I would never ask a religious institution to provide a
disclaimer before their sermon that says, "this is only one idea, this is
not meant to attack what you may have studied and examined at school..."
Oh boy. More changes (I was just beginning to be comfortable with the current
sEED curriculum adopted two years ago). Hopefully they are just cleaning up some
areas that need more work.Glad the board fended off ONE board
members ideas for dumbing down the evolution and climate change curriculum,
because her friend "once saw" a scientist changing data....?If I was asked to teach creation as a science topic. I would pick teaching
about the Tohono O'odham creation story. It has many great scientific
elements to it. The first brother creates light, then the coyote, then the
buzzard, who then continue to assist in the creation process. I would draw from
the vast scientific resources available about this topic.
This is such an easy thing that when it doesn't happen one really wonders
why.Decades ago in my rural Utah school, our science teacher covered
evolution. He started with a very simple statement:"For the next
couple of weeks we're going to cover the scientific theory of evolution.
This is the only, best explanation science has for the origins of life. This is
not intended to attack your religious beliefs in any way. You are not required
to believe any of this material. You are required to learn it and understand it.
When you take the test, I am not asking for what you believe, I am asking you to
tell me what you understand of the material that has been taught."We then learned the theory of organic, biological evolution without any hint
of anything religious or divine. Just current, best science.Why not
offer this disclaimer?As there is only a single, current hypothesis
for origins of life, it would useful to teach some of the previously rejected
theories for what causes evolution in addition to natural selection. Ditto, at
least one minority scientific theory of cosmology. Lacking some competing
theories to consider, tough for kids to learn real critical thinking.