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  •  Well, sort of, ken. (4+ / 0-)

    I have no quarrel, in a philosophy of religion class, with presenting and discussing the concept of creationism, why many people find it appealing as an idea, and whether it conforms to scientific evidence.

    I have no quarrel, in a biology class, with presenting the remaining unknowns in evolution, and there are some, though they're in the margins as relates to estimates of dates, specific details of the process, etc.  In fact, I think it's probably un-scientific to teach evolution as if it were a complete and airtight physical process, because we are still exploring its implications and we still have a lot to learn.

    My greater quarrel with our educational system, especially at the college level, is that it's too industrial, too focused on "educating workers" at the expense of "educating citizens."  While the former demands that professors distinguish "true" from "false," the latter demands that students learn the research and critical thinking skills they need to make such distinctions on their own.

    Without those "educated citizens," able to research and critically assess what they're told, and form a reasoned conclusion, democracy fails.

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