[quote author=“hampsteadpete”] ID has nothing to teach, nothing to contribute to SCIENTIFIC discussion of evolution. It advances no theories, presents no relevant data, and offers no considered conclusions other than god done it.
Exactly!!.....and why not take EVERY opportunity to point that out whenever it comes up?
[quote author=“hampsteadpete”] Creationism doesn’t need to be given any scientific credibility in the schools. Don’t forget what Dr. Behe testified: If creationism (ID) is science, so is astrology!
I am talking about teachers being prepared to destroy, shred and decimate whatever credibility these stupid ideas may have in the minds of young and impressionable people whenever they come up in the classroom.
I would have no problem in being prepared to address astrology and pointing out the irrational and unscientific basis for those supernatural beliefs as well.
It seems obvious to me that rational conclusions supported by objective scientific evidence should win out over myth and superstition every time.
What choices do teachers have today when these topics come up in the course of classroom discussions?
- Refuse to discuss them as being outside of the approved curriculum?
- Fumble around and appear to be uninformed due to lack of knowledge or preparation?
- Address the issue head-on and point out the fallacies and unscientific basis for these irrational beliefs?
If it was me, I would prefer to do the latter. It might get me fired by the school board, but at least I would feel that I had done my job as a teacher by teaching the truth rather than ducking the issue.
Now, Pete, I admit that I am not a teacher and have no direct experience in trying to teach kids anything…...so, you are probably right.
However, the idea of getting some 15 year old kid who is on his/her way to becoming “The Chumpion” and gently pointing out the idiocy of their warped beliefs in front of their peers has some appeal.