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Friday, April 22, 2005

The Freedom to Teach Intelligent Design

Ugh. A lawyer for the Ann Arbor-based Thomas More Law Center says he's going to sue the Gull Lake Community Schools unless two middle school science teachers are allowed to include "intelligent design" in their science classes. What infuriates me is the news that these two teachers have been teaching this crap for two years, and they were only recently told to stop. This is a serious problem. Science teachers should be told in no uncertain terms that their job is to teach science, not to preach their religions.
But early this school year, the center says, the district superintendent ordered the teachers to stop teaching intelligent design and ordered related textbooks to be boxed up.

Thomas More president and chief counsel Richard Thompson said Thursday that violates academic freedom to teach and students' right to learn about controversy over evolution theory. He wrote a letter to the district's school board last week, and said he'll take the case to federal court if the district does not respond or take action by April 28.

So it's all about academic freedom. How do you suppose these folks feel about teachers' freedom to teach sex education?

3 Comments:

At 7:23 AM, Anonymous RollerBoy said...

I believe in academic freedom, as I think most people do. But wouldn't we have to draw the line somewhere? What if a history teacher wanted the freedom to teach that the Holocaust never happened? What if a math teacher wanted the freedom to teach that 2+2=5? At some point we'd have to step in and say that's not permissable. These two teachers, if they believe so strongly that evolution is wrong, are free to resign. But they're not allowed to teach something that has nothing to do with science in a science class.

 
At 1:02 PM, Blogger mynym said...

Here is the weakness of Nazi and proto-Nazi scholarship, it was a "....weakness....due not to inferior training but to the mendacity inherent in any scholarship that overlooks or openly repudiated all moral and spiritual values."
(Hitler's Professors: The Part of Scholarship in Germany's Crimes Against the Jewish People
By Max Weinreich
(New York:The Yiddish Scientific Institute, 1946) :7)

It has never surprised me that those whose basic philosophy is inherently proto-Nazi are the first to censor, the first to fail to teach a controversy and instead to rely on dogma, frauds, pseudo-science and scientism.

This has always been the way of the believers in scientism with their "biological thinking."

E.g.,
"To be sure, other movements, Marxism and Soviet Communism, for instance, have also claimed scientific validity. But only the Nazis have seen themselves as products and practitioners of the science of life and life processes—as biologically ordained guides to their own and the world’s biological destiny. Whatever their hubris, and whatever the elements of pseudo science and scientism in what they actually did, they identified themselves with the science of their time.....

The contribution of the actual scientific tradition to this ethos was exemplified by the quintessentially German figure of Ernst Haeckel, that formidable biologist and convert to Darwinism who combined with ardent advocacy of the Volk and romantic nationalism, racial regeneration, and anti-Semitism. He was to become what Daniel Gasman has called 'Germany’s major prophet of political biology.'"
(The Nazi Doctors: Medical Killing and the
Psychology of Genocide
By Robert Jay Lifton :441)

 
At 1:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, I think that we should have the right to teach intelligent design to students. I know that I have asked why they weren't able to, but my teacher said that it might offend people. Well... it offended me and alot of my friends! So, why not? It's not like they are forcing them to believe something, hey that's what you guys say when you teach evolution. Seriously, why not?

 

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