Keep Evolution Out of Schools

Now when I first read this the title set me off.

But, before you dismiss the author, read exactly what he is saying and why. While I may not personally agree with his conclusion, I can at least understand where he is coming from, and why…

[Originally posted at: Huffington Post]

Look, like everyone else I have no trouble dismissing creationists as bat-shit crazy religious fundamentalists who wouldn’t know a scientific fact if the ghost of Richard Feynman bit them on the backside. No trouble at all, and I am always happy to join in a little gentle poking of a stick through the bars on the megachurch windows and stirring things up a bit. But while that gives me a nice warm glow of mental superiority to go with my first cup of morning coffee, it really avoids the question of how the creationist/ID crowd find it so easy to convince these simple people that up is down, night is day.

And I guess the answer, reluctantly (as I drink my second cup of morning coffee), is that it is the fault of most of us who write about Darwinism. The mistake, the original sin, is that we have talked about species evolving when we have talked about evolution. An easy mistake to make, and you can see why we made it, but it has proved fatal.

As soon as you understand this you understand why the babble of creationists, as apparently as mindless as “speaking in tongues”, is actually based on a fundamental educational failure, and a consequent fundamental misunderstanding.

[Read the rest of this post at: Huffington Post]


About Rodibidably

Jeff Randall is a frequent volunteer for free-thought organizations, including the Center For Inquiry – DC. Having been blogging since January 2008, he decided that a community of bloggers would be an interesting new experience (or at the very least a fun way to annoy his friends into reading his posts more frequently). Since finding out about about the existence of, and then joining, the atheist/skeptic community in 2007 he has been committed to community activism, critical thinking in all aspects of life, science, reason, and a fostering a secular society.
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2 Responses to Keep Evolution Out of Schools

  1. Kayleigh says:

    I can understand how this is a common error to non-severe studiers that evolution is flimsy and that there is no proof in the evolution of a single animal. But that is one of the most common errors we can make and it is fatal. There is extensive research that has been conducted to see where we and other living creatures have evolved from, but because the public has little common knowledge of this they bash up evolution and we end up five steps back for every on step forward. What needs to be done is suspending undeniable proof for the very likely and highly logical proof that we have so far and allow us to get to that place where evolution can be taught siting specific examples as well as putting a rest to the very religious non-believers.
    Just because you wish it wasn’t and you pray it isn’t doesn’t mean you can remain ignorant to what tangibly IS!

  2. Rodibidably says:

    As I read it, he makes the argument that because “the people” are too stupid, ignorant, blinded by religion, etc that we should change what we teach to suit the masses.

    And while I understand why he says this, I’m not convinced that it’s the best long term strategy for science education.

    I tend to believe that the same people who today object to the world evolution, would tomorrow object to his suggestion of using the word speciation.

    The problem is not the words we use, or the way we teach the concepts. The problem is a dogmatic approach to religion that biases some people against reality that conflicts with their narrow world view.

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