Joined: Aug. 2005
|Quote (kurt @ Sep. 23 2005,19:52)|
|I am a bio teacher and a huge fan of evolution. I integrate it throughout my curriculum and am psyched to the collegeboard adopt a new design centered on evolution (which any biology class that makes sense has to be). We discuss intelligent design and creationism and the reasons why people may choose to reject scientific discoveries. |
Having had many conversations on this awesome topic, I often wonder whether allowing students to make the choice of accepting ID might not be such a bad idea. Of course, recognizing that there is no evidence for it whatsoever and it obviously must be taken on faith, is it wrong to let them hang on to ID?
Although I truly enjoy discussing religion (I'm an atheist), my goal is not to convince students that god or spirits or whatever don't exist, but rather to let them see the difference between science and faith, and to allow them to accept both. ID seems like a good compromise.
I think the important thing is for them to see what a beautiful perspective of life's history we have discovered. Evolution is cool, and I want them to see it. If I make it a choice between science and religion, then I am guaranteed to lose many of them. I could say that what looks like its random mutations could be directed by a higher power, but we'll never know because it wil always appear random to us. This is true and I certainly don't need to buy into that, but do I really care if they do? They will still have a true knowledge of evolution and may find a way to reconcile it with their personal beliefs.
My problem is not with a higher power ar any problem with religion - it is teaching the difference between science and not science, which I think is crucial.
Let them belive in ID in private, but in the classroom can you give anyone a high grade who calls it science? Why not allow them to believe in Alchemy, numerology, astrology of the flying spaghetti monster?
If I fly the coop some time
And take nothing but a grip
With the few good books that really count
It's a necessary trip
I'll be gone with the girl in the gold silk jacket
The girl with the pearl-driller's hands