As I've noted in a previous post, I am not happy with the idea of teaching Intelligent Design or creationism in our science classes. I believe it is important for our kids to get the best possible education that they can, and especially when it comes to science class, we need to teach kids critical thinking, and how scientists reach the conclusions about how the world around us works, namely through the scientific method. It is the inability to think critically that allows for people to believe that the AIDS virus was created to infect certain groups of people, or that the government dynamited the levees in New Orleans to destroy the black community there. The inability to think critically certainly leads to stories like this one.
So, I am concerned about the bill about to become law here in Louisiana that would allow for the teaching of ID in the classroom. There are folks out there who are convinced it means that Louisiana is doomed. Indeed, the feeling among some is that the mere mention of ID in class spells the end of the world as we know it (and I feel fine. . . sorry . . .)
But, I ran across these stories over the last day or two:
--17 girls are pregnant in one high school in Massachusetts, apparently as part of some kind of pact they made to all get pregnant so they could raise their babies together.
--the Pledge of Allegiance was banned at a 5th grade graduation ceremony in Oregon because the principal felt that the words "under God" were offensive---TO MUSLIMS!
--Obama recently praised an experimental high school in Colorado that was able to turn a 50% drop out rate into a 100% graduation rate. He seemed particularly impressed with the Afrocentric nature of the curriculum:" . . . the theme that year, they called it "Passages." And it was all about the African American experience. And so they incorporated music, you know, ah tracing sort of the history of African music through blues through jazz to modern times, along with history, along with literature . . ." (Is it just me, or does Obama seem less than articulate at times?)
Yeah, I'm not too thrilled with the idea of ID in the classroom. But I think there are a lot of bigger issues out there, that spell DOOM a lot more clearly than what is happening here in LA.
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