Sunday, January 01, 2006

It's No Fun Teaching Biology in Kansas

Especially when you have to deal with creationst--er, I mean "Intelligent Design"--pinheads like this idiot, who objected to contentions that new science standards that weaken the teaching of evolution in Kansas are making the state look ridiculous and are degrading the teaching of science:

Christopher Iliff strongly disagreed. The Kansas attorney also is a board member of Intelligent Design network, inc., a non-profit organization based in Shawnee Mission, Kan., that promotes "objectivity in origins science" and champions standards critical of evolution.

"What the Kansas standards do is encourage more thorough analysis of the existing scientific basis for evolution. I think what it will encourage is discussion of what I think are huge gaps in the purely materialistic explanation that is offered for evolution," said Iliff.

The only "huge gaps" here are in this guy's education. That a fool like this is making educational decisions is bad enough. When half the American people think the Earth is 10,000 years old, that's an educational tragedy of colossal proportions.


Anonymous said...

WWJT? (teach)
"Or those 18 that the tower in Siloam fell on and killed--do you think they were more sinful than all the people who live in Jerusalem? Lu 13:4"
I don't adhere to Ben Franklin's view that the Creator set up the laws of nature and stepped back, but I think that some Christians are providing too little emphasis on personal responsibility (which is what I think Christ was trying to convey in the Gospels) and too much on the deus machina intervention of God. Not everything is the hand of God.
It's really getting extreme and ridiculous. We have to ask ourselves, what are the real motives of these people? My son saw an internet photo of a protester holding up a sign "I reject all the tenets of modern science and I vote!" How do you know who to vote for? You reject the technology of mass media. For how long? You reject the modern healthcare system. (And so on)
How do a teacher deal with such stupidity, when these people are such tasty fodder for the manipulators of this world?

Joseph said...

Well said, Anon. I'd love to see a copy of that photo showing the anti-science demonstrator.