Thursday, October 27, 2005

Science Groups Attempt to Punish Kansas For Allowing Kids to Hear Evidence For and Against Darwinism

The New York Times has an article reporting that two science organizations, the National Academy of Sciences and the National Science Teachers Association have denied the Kansas school board permission to use their copyrighted educational materials. This comes as an apparent attempt to punish the board for its decision to allow Kansas students the opportunity to hear evidence for and against macroevolutionary theory.

They apparently feel that they would rather have kids learn nothing about evolutionary theory than have them learn about the scientific evidence and arguments for and against the theory. They seem to saying, "Play by our rules and give kids only the Darwin-friendly evidence, or we are taking our marbles and going home." Obscurantism strikes again.

They do not seem to realize that stiffling free inquiry and the freedom to doubt is no way to instill confidence in a theory.


At October 27, 2005 6:57 PM, Anonymous Tom Gilson said...

Their reasoning is that it would greatly inhibit the students learning and their futures.

I'm at a loss to understand just how that would happen, though. Aren't they supposed to be the ones who are so big on evidence? I'd like to see them try to produce evidence for that contention.

It's really just special pleading, and rather silly.

At October 27, 2005 6:58 PM, Anonymous Tom Gilson said...

That is, "the students' learning"


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