Wednesday, October 01, 2008



The Christian Post has a more creationist-friendly version of recent events in Texas than the story I linked to yesterday.

Well, sort of.

The problem with being creationist-friendly is that it sort of requires that you let them talk ... which is never doing them a favor.

There is the usual blather:

Barbara Cargill, the vice chair of the board's Committee on Instruction, said giving students the freedom to discuss both sides of evolution will ensure them a "well-rounded education."

"It prompts them to be critical thinkers, and it also helps them to respect the opinions of other students even if they disagree."
As Massimo Pigliucci has already pointed out:

Learning critical thinking is not a matter of being exposed to a "fair and balanced" view of everything and be told "you decide."
But some creationists can't even grasp the concept of "decide":

"Evolution is not fact. Evolution is a theory and, as such, cannot be proven," Board Vice Chairman David Bradley told The Houston Chronicle earlier this summer. "Students need to be able to jump to their own conclusions."
If this guy wasn't the second-in-command on the state's Board of Education, in whose hands the intellectual future of over 4.5 million children rest, it would be comical.

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