Texas has not lost its Village Idiot December 5, 2007Posted by gordonwatts in politics.
When I first read about Texas sacking its science education official because she sent an email around about a talk that was pro-evolution, I picked up on this line:
But now Ms. Comer, 56, of Austin, is out of a job, after forwarding an e-mail message on a talk about evolution and creationism — “a subject on which the agency must remain neutral,” according to a dismissal letter last month that accused her of various instances of “misconduct and insubordination” and of siding against creationism and the doctrine that life is the product of “intelligent design.”
My first thought was “well, yeah, for someone to make an informed decision you would want them to be unbiased.” I stared off into space for about 10 seconds, and then my brain BROKE.
This is crazy!! This neutral thing implies that you have to compare evolution and creationism. What the heck!? How can you? It’s worse than apples and oranges! Teach evolution in a science course. Teach creationism in a religion course. The two should not be mixed!
The insanity must stop!
Actually, I don’t think, as some are predicting, that Texas will become the next battle front in the evolution vs creationism. I was in Austin for 5 years for my undergraduate work. Austin is quite progressive and has become a huge tech town. Something like this is bound to get many of the large urban centers in Texas up in arms.
Seriously, I wonder if children are as confused as we worry they will be? By the time they hit 5 or 6th grade and are starting to learn some of these complex theories they are pretty smart. Further (gasp) they talk to each other. I would expect any attempt to shove something down their throat (evolution or creationism) would be met with a fair amount of resistance. And, I hope, awkward questions to the teachers – best way to learn, after all, is by doing and asking questions. But thing I do worry about is that as you erode boundaries to science you allow more and more non-science into the realm of science. We are already doing it in public health (specifically, how we deal with birth control). Where next?
P.S. The title is from a bumper sticker found in many blue states: “Somewhere in Texas, a village is missing it’s idiot.” — because the idiot is currently inhabiting the White House.