Evolution and Private Schools
This Philadelphia Inquirer story begins,
While the teaching of intelligent design in science courses has triggered a new debate in public schools, area religious schools have quietly been teaching both evolution and creationism for decades.
But read the whole story and it sure doesn't seem like there's much teaching of evolution going on. Nine people are quoted, and none of them support evolution unequivocally. I think the attitude I have the most trouble with is summed up in this quote by a school official:
"We have tried to deal with the diversity of opinions among Christians, rather than taking an official school stance and saying: 'This is what we're going to teach,' "
Schools are supposed to say "This is what we're going to teach." Many parents and children might be of the opinion that romance novels are better than Hemingway, but an American literature teacher needs to have the courage to stand up to them.
Then there's this:
In one of his school's biology classrooms, the red construction-paper sign on the bulletin board sums up teacher Chris Maffet's approach to science: "Through Him All Things Were Made... John 1:3."
I suppose every answer to a science test could be, "Because that's how God made it." But a student who learned in that environment wouldn't develop the critical-thinking skills that science classes are supposed to hone.