Thursday, June 19, 2008

Schools, crisis, and critical thinking

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.


Anonymous said...

Man we have a lot to address here... so, we should be terribly concerned with "crazy" items like aids and levee myths (I realize that you had to have it point back to Obambi, so even though it's a stretch, it works!), but what's not that big a deal that your governor not just participated in, but actually performed an exorcism that cured cancer.

No big deal that the earth is 5000 years old, the devil left the fossils around to confuse man, a woman is worth (about) half as much as a man, and of course everyones favorite abomination against god: hunchback, dwarves and people with glasses receiving the sacrament (and you thought I was going to say something about Adam and Steve) -- no, none of this matters at all, but that Jeremiah Wright (and anyone that sat in his pews) is a real danger to America.

Praise the lord and pass the mashed potatoes... whatever that means.

Small Town Doc said...

You are still a Great American, my friend.

It IS a big deal that this teaching-ID bill is about to become law. And yeah--Jindal is beginning to get on my nerves a little bit. I'm not sure what to make of this guy now. I hear he's also not going to block the payraise that the ratfinks in Baton Rouge voted for themselves.

And I think I've been pretty solid on my stated opposition to the whole ID/creationism idea.

But remember--Rev. Wright is not an aberration. There are apparently a lot of people who entertain these disturbing ideas; the conspiracy movement in this country has definitely moved away from the John Birchers/Freemasons/CFR types towards the left.

Why do people believe in such drivel, like Wright's garbage? Lack of ability to think critically. That was my main point. Is LA "doomed" by this upcoming bill? I think there is a whole lot of other idiocy in this state that will drag us down; I really think "doom" exaggerates the issue. It's frustrating to see how some of the sites that I link to become inflamed at "creationism" or the movie "Expelled" and seem to cast a blind eye towards other areas of anti-rational and anti-science thinking.

You are making this fun!

Petronia said...

I agree that it is a big deal. Those pushing to teach ID in science class have a bigger picture in mind: they want to create the Kingdom of God on this earth, in this time.

On the other side, it seems to me that evolution, too, has been put on a pedestal as something more than an example of scientific theory. It is used to reinforce the idea that we live in a secular world.

In my opinion, both sides are asking the wrong questions for the wrong reasons.

Anonymous said...

the conspiracy movement in this country has definitely moved away from the John Birchers/Freemasons/CFR types towards the left...

This is a very dangerous game, but I'll play (as soon as I clean up the milk that shot out of my nose, Thanks a lot, Dave!).

Reagan was responsible for the largest tax increase in history.
Reagan kicked off his campaign in Philadelphia, MS.
Reagan cut and ran from Lebanon.
Obama wouldn't be comfortable at an Applebee's salad bar.
Reagan personally helped liberate concentration camps at the end of WW2.
Reagan praised Gen. Efraín Ríos Montt, born again evangelical and murderer of 300,000 Guatemalans, and claimed that they both were getting bum raps from the liberals.
George Will secretly coached Republican candidate Reagan for a debate with President Carter using a debate briefing book stolen from the Carter campaign.
Reagan's schedule while he was president was strongly governed by an Astrologer.
Obama never released his birth certificate (WTF is that even supposed to mean?)
Obama is a Muslim.
There is a tape of Michelle Obama repeating "whitey" over and over (don't forget to insist if it turns out not to be true that you didn't believe it either, and we were only trying to help the Obamas.)
The highly respected Washington Times is a mouthpiece for the Reverend Sun Myung Moon.

Just keep telling yourself that Rev. Wright is not an aberration, and only the libs have crazy theories.