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ID skirmish in Virginia public schools

There have been a few limited skirmishes in Virginia over ID in the universities. Up until now the public school issue has been quiet. But are things set to change?

Ed Brayton brought this article to my attention: Evolution vs. Intelligent Design

How were the oceans, puppies and human beings formed? Was it through evolution, creationism or something in between?

It’s a heavy topic that’s generated debate for years. That discourse landed in Chesterfield School Board members’ laps…

Intelligent design proponents urged the School Board to include that theory in the school system’s science curriculum so students can consider differing viewpoints in the classroom. But, federal law requires school systems to remain neutral on the topic, making it illegal for teachers to prompt discussions involving intelligent design or creationism.


I have mixed to negative feelings about these sort of pro-ID public school efforts. Do these guys know nothing about what happened in Dover? Of course, I might have a different view if the textbook the ID proponents had in mind was something like Explore Evolution.

Though I may not like it, I think parents like Richard Dawkins and PZ Myers have the right to raise their kids to be Darwinists (I seem to recall PZ blowing a gasket when his younger son brought home some creationist literature). If they believe in their heart Darwinism is good for their kids, that is their privilege as parents to raise their kids as Darwinists. Same goes for Darwinist parents in Virginia who inisist on raising their kids to be Darwinists like them. Thus, I am reluctant to advocate policies which may infringe on their rights, or at least policies they perceive infringe on their rights.

Aside from school baords, there are other avenues that can be exploited to teach ID in public schools. [See: Did Judge Jones actually open the door to teaching ID in public schools? and How to sneak ID and creationism into the public schools and Lancaster School District Approach, etc. ]

ID proponents in Chesterfield Virginia are invited to touch base with their comrades in Farifax Virginia to share notes and strategize on these issues. School boards fights may be the least effective ways to get ID into the hands of public school children. There are other, more effective avenues which are under the radar and out of the reach of Darwinists.

Here is also the News Release from Chesterfield County

The School Board is cognizant that technology now allows easy access to an almost infinite number of resources facilitating learning. To suggest that we should limit our students’ access to specifically approved textbooks and instructional materials would not only inhibit self-directed learning but would also ill-prepare our young people for the challenges that will face them in the competitive global market of the 21st century.

“easy access to an almost infinite number of resources facilitating learning”

Hmm….

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3 Responses to ID skirmish in Virginia public schools

  1. I missed this little blurb by Chesterfield County:

    Our vision for this school system is anchored upon the understanding that our schools must be thriving, dynamic, and inspiring educational environments that produce self-directed learners. Self-directed learning occurs only when alternative views are explored and discussed. The unimpeded exploration of different perspectives is essential in this regard, and the School Board wholeheartedly encourages such exploration. We implore our students to expand their knowledge through research, to debate the concepts as presented, and to develop their creative and independent thinking skills.

    Well done! I couldn’t have agreed more. If the Darwinists thought police oppose this, they’ll be in for a public relations nightmare.

    Students could be invited to write and present essays in class on the topic of their choice pertaining to evolutionary biology. Book reports or better video reviews!

  2. “parents like Richard Dawkins and PZ Myers have the right to raise their kids to be Darwinists ”

    Hmmm… I think I get your drift but that’s not quite a correct or complete statement, imo. Perhaps I misunderstood?

    Every public school kid in America, whether the parent likes it or not – wishes it or not, is automatically raised on Darwinism.

    Talking about choice in this matter is near vain. The lines have already been drawn by the materialists and whether you like it or not your kids will be raised on Darwinism – unless you can afford private schooling. Which, btw, most people cannot.

    Secular humanists long ago, planned (and succeeded through deceit and propaganda) in getting secular humanism and it’s pseudo-science Darwinism into the public school system, and anything remotely Judeo/Christian out. (and they’ve worked on every other sector as well)

    “Education is thus a most powerful ally of Humanism, and every American public school is a school of Humanism. What can the theistic Sunday-schools, meeting for an hour once a week, and teaching only a fraction of the children, do to stem the tide of a five-day program of humanistic teaching?” – Charles F. Potter – signer of the Humanist Manifesto.

    There is no balance and no choice. If your kids are in the public system, they WILL be raised on Darwinism.

    Dawkins and PZ and cie. already have what they want – and it has nothing to do with rights – and anyone of a different opinion from the humanists has nothing and no rights at all in the system.

    Perhaps if creationists and IDists became as furious and militant as Meyers and cohorts every time Darwinism was being pawned off as truth in the schools and government, this situation would no longer exist.

    IDists and creationists are far too docile and always willing to let themselves be walked on and defeated by the secular humanist threat.

  3. Hmmm… I think I get your drift but that’s not quite a correct or complete statement, imo. Perhaps I misunderstood?

    You are correct, I added this to complet the thought:

    Thus, I am reluctant to advocate policies which may infringe on their rights, or at least policies they perceive infringe on their rights.

    Of course the Darwinsits regularly violate the civil liberties of pro-ID and and creationist students who for either scientific and/or religious reasons reject Darwinism.

    The solution is probably not mandating overtly pro-ID textbooks or books that offer ID as an alternative. At least not today.

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