Think that your school district is immune from the pressures of pseudoscientific nonsense such as creationism? Think again…
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It can happen anywhere, and I say that with all sincerity because it looks like creationism could very well be creeping very near to my own backyard. Specifically, there is a school board election coming up soon in a nearby district, and I was tipped off to this fact by an online pro-science group I’m part of called Darwin’s Bulldogs.
In this article in a local paper, it is outlined quite clearly that the intentions of two candidates for the school board (one of whom is the current president!) are to have their religious beliefs taught as science…
Two candidates for the Fremont School District 79 board — including the panel’s current president — believe creationism should be taught alongside evolution in science classes.
The revelations were made Monday morning during candidate interviews at the Daily Herald’s Lake County office.
“I think from a scientific standpoint it can be given as a viewpoint,” board President Sandra Bickley said in the interview. “(It’s) another theory to consider.” …
Well, I’ll be damned if I’m going to allow that to happen. I’ve already written a letter to the paper which published this article. Here it is…
Creationism should not be taught as science
As a physics teacher/professor and taxpayer, I was appalled to read your Feb. 14 article “Candidates: Teach creationism in science classes” about the Fremont school board election.
According to your article, candidates Sandra Bickley and Kim Hansen said that creationism is “another theory to consider” and that it “should be presented in a very broad type of curriculum or structure”. They also said that “there is no right or wrong” regarding people’s beliefs.
Well, I don’t know about the right or wrong of one’s beliefs, but I can tell you that there most certainly are right and wrong answers in science. And the evidence overwhelmingly shows that creationism, as science, is dead wrong. If there were anything substantial, in a scientific sense, to creationism, why is it that we don’t use creationism to make modern vaccines & antibiotics, as we do with evolutionary biology? We don’t because creationism doesn’t work as science, period.
As for the “teach all views” argument, which version of creationism should we teach? Should it be young-Earth (the Earth is 6000 years old) or old-Earth (the Earth is billions of years old) creationism? What about teaching non-Christian versions, such as Raelianism (they believe we were created by aliens, not God)? Perhaps after we get done “teaching all views”, the students might have a couple of weeks left in the school year to learn real science.
They don’t waste time with this nonsense in science classes in China & India, whose populations are becoming better educated & more competitive with the United States every year. I suggest the taxpayers consider that fact when casting their votes in the upcoming school board election.
I’m not sure if my letter will get published, but I’ll fight this thing tooth & toenail if I have to, and I have allies in that fight. That includes regular readers of this blog, whom I encourage to contact me, most especially if you live in the area, for advice on dealing with issues such as these. This is important because one things creationists do is track each others’ success with things like this; if they have even mild success in an area, they will make a concerted push in that area (and others). If you don’t beat them back quickly, they’ll multiply and try to take over the school board; then, the next thing you know, you’ve got another Dover trial on your hands.
This should serve as a cautionary tale, folks: it CAN happen anywhere, and it WILL happen if those of us on the side of science & skepticism let our guard down. So be on the lookout & watch your local school board.