The evolution debate in the US continues
By Murray Bourne, 18 Dec 2007
In the eSchool News article Key states take up evolution debate, we learn of the continuing discussions on the teaching of "intelligent design" vs evolution in the US.
It's good that they are having a debate, rather than just accepting and implementing intelligent design as the only option. However, there is a lot of wasted time and energy going into this. What's next from the religious conservatives? Will they be calling for a return to the teaching of concepts like the Earth is flat and that it is the centre of the universe, and it was all created in 6 days? Oh, please...
Seems to me that under Bush and his cronies, America has headed more in the direction of religious conservatism - even radicalism - at the expense of rational and informed thought. No wonder that science education has suffered as a result.
[Update: Deleted paragraph - not especially relevant.]
If you want good progress in education you have to establish a genuine 'learning community', where the society values knowledge over dogma.
The British realised long ago that there should be clear separation between church and state. There should also be a clear separation between church and school room.
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