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  •  I would hope (2+ / 0-)
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    marina, Joieau
    "A student has the freedom to write a paper that points out that highly complex life may not be explained by chance mutations."
    that anyone who is teaching biology would know how to effectively counter this argument - in fact I would hope that when evolution is being taught this question would always be raised and discussed fully; if it isn't then the subject has not been well taught. Anyone encountering the concept of evolution for the first time will naturally wonder whether an eye can really evolve by chance. The issue must be explored. All the issues that would be raised by an evolution doubter or denier must be explored and addressed.

    Which is to say that I agree with the diary - but only presuming, however, that the teachers are qualified to teach the subject and critical thinkers themselves. A science classroom in the hands of someone who believes in ID is a disaster.

    We decided to move the center farther to the right by starting the whole debate from a far-right position to begin with. - Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay

    by denise b on Thu Feb 21, 2013 at 02:02:04 PM PST

    •  Quite often these bills are written with the .... (2+ / 0-)
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      Joieau, GreenMother

      express purpose of promoting a foot in the door for ID.

      As you say:

      A science classroom in the hands of someone who believes in ID is a disaster.
      Indeed it would be a disaster.  The problem is that we are dealing with people who are not really that interested in critical thinking and who would use the language of the law to inject religion. I have no problem with teaching religion in a comparative religion class, or a philosophy class, or as a background for history classes, but I object strongly to using carefully worded legislation to undermine the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the Constitution. Yes, we should examine scientific ideas to see if they are reasonable, or should be modified or rejected, but only in the framework of science.

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