Teaching Evolution

A blog devoted to teaching evolution, both in our schools and in our communities.

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Questioning Biology Teachers

My wife taught biology in a public high school for four years, and she certainly came across her share of students who had been taught at home to challenge anyone who attempted to teach evolution. (She also once debated a creationist teacher on stage after the school's drama club performed "Inherit the Wind".) But I don't think she encountered anyone this organized. Creationists "are equipping families with books, DVDs, and a list of 10 questions to ask your biology teacher," according to this AP article. Ordinarily I would love the idea of students engaging their teachers in a spirited question-and-answer session, but if you follow the link and read the questions you'll discover that all of them are phrased in a way that assumes any answer that attempts to explain evolution is a lie. For example:

The origins of life. Why do textbooks claim that the 1953 Miller-Urey experiment shows how life's building blocks may have formed on Earth - when conditions on the early Earth were probably nothing like those used in the experiment, and the origin of life remains a mystery?

Darwin's tree of life. Why don't textbooks discuss the "Cambrian explosion," in which all major animal groups appear together in the fossil record fully formed instead of branching from a common ancestor - thus contradicting the evolutionary tree of life?

1 Comments:

At 9:16 PM, Blogger Buddhist with an attitude said...

Tell your wife about this site that gives the answers to the 10 questions: http://www.ncseweb.org/resources/
articles/7719_responses_to_jonathan_wells3_11_28_2001.asp.
I'm sorry I don't know how to link.

 

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