Friday, April 20, 2007

Scientists demand that schools teach the facts!

Today's story:
67 national science academies have signed a statement of protest. They’re outraged that evolution theory is being concealed, denied, or confused in many classrooms. The scientists don’t think children are getting an adequate science education. Worse, scientists say, if children don’t learn scientific inquiry, how are they going to learn to think for themselves? [source: BBC]

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Shelley Greene, Ph.D., comments:

What a disastrous state of affairs when scientists have to band together to defend the validity and legitimacy of science itself. Scientific method and understanding have produced most everything we enjoy and take advantage of in the living of our daily lives. I dearly hope this protest sends a signal to school board administrators that Biblical allegory is not equivalent to science and does not belong in our science classrooms.

Peter Williamson, M.Div., comments:

Half or more Americans -- spanning every religious denomination -- say they do not believe we have descended from apes. Our children want to know where they came from, where the world they live in came from. They ask these questions. Are our children in fact silently crying out for an alternative explanation to their own origin? Do they not deserve to hear other viewpoints and possibilities? Sadly, the scientists who make this protest, and others certainly, are satisfied to offer only one account of the origin of life on earth, and it is neither a compelling nor inspiring one.