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Louisiana Public School Mulling Intelligent Design

rollcall (1802628) writes | more than 4 years ago

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rollcall (1802628) writes "The Livingston, Louisiana public school district is considering introducing intelligent design into its science curriculum. During the board's meeting Thursday, several board members expressed an interest in the teaching of creationism. "Benton said that under provisions of the Science Education Act enacted last year by the Louisiana Legislature, schools can present what she termed 'critical thinking and creationism' in science classes. Board Member David Tate quickly responded: 'We let them teach evolution to our children, but I think all of us sitting up here on this School Board believe in creationism. Why can't we get someone with religious beliefs to teach creationism?' Fellow board member Clint Mitchell responded, 'I don't have to be afraid to point out some of the fallacies with the theory of evolution. Teachers should have the freedom to look at creationism and find a way to get it into the classroom.'""
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Sure it belongs in the classroom (1)

Lord Bitman (95493) | more than 4 years ago | (#33028750)

Creationism is an important part of culture, history, and philosophy. It's just not part of science beyond a historical context

I don't see what all the fuss is. (1)

The Ultimate Fartkno (756456) | more than 4 years ago | (#33029188)

The entire curriculum will consist of Genesis. The answer to every question is "it was God's will," or "The Lord works in mysterious ways." Any injection of the scientific method into the discussion, pointing out the glaring contradictions in the class text, or other dissent will result in a trip to the pastor... I mean principal's office, where the student will be thrown into water to see if they float. "Creationism 101" should take about 15 minutes of one class period.

There are no flaws (1)

Antisyzygy (1495469) | more than 4 years ago | (#33029290)

The fact that creatures evolve and that life descends from common ancestors is a fact. Genetics prove it, the fossil record proves it, even observed instances of evolution prove it (such as dogs and other domesticated animals, and the peppered moth). Macro-evolution is micro-evolution given enough time. There are flaws in evolutional theory as a whole, but usually its due to some unknown question rather than an outright logical fallacy like in religion and creationism. To even consider teaching intelligent design or creationism as other than mythology is a disservice to humanity as well as abuse of the young students, since it incapacitates themintellectually.

Re:There are no flaws (1)

Antisyzygy (1495469) | more than 4 years ago | (#33029304)

.... unknown answer to a question ...
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