John Lynch: “I Admit It… I Teach Intelligent Design”
|January 30, 2006||Posted by Dave S. under Education, Intelligent Design|
Arizona State University Professor of Evolutionary Biology John Lynch admits he teaches something on the topic of intelligent design. I shudder to think what it is he teaches about it but that’s neither here nor there for the point I’m about to make.
Biology profs all tell us (or it seems like all of them) that teaching evolution at the high school level is done in some measure to prepare students for what they’ll encounter at the college level.
Okay. College preparation. I’ll buy that. A very reasonable position statement. However, if they’re also teaching ID at the college level, what justification is there for banning the mere mention of ID at the high school level? Shouldn’t we be preparing high school students for what they’ll encounter in college with regard to ID in the same way we prepare them for evolution?
I’d like John to explain the schism here. Why is it justifiable to teach whole chapters about evolution in the name of prepping high school children for college but the mere mention of ID to them is verboten?
On an aside, my daughter’s teacher in Biology 101 assigned the class a writing project to compare and contrast the modern synthesis with intelligent design so I already knew that it was being taught on college campuses by biology teachers. It seems John’s not at all unusual in that regard. The unusual thing, if any, might be admitting he teaches it.
Update: In Cobb County, the sticker didn’t mention ID or religion. It just said evolution is a theory, not a fact, and should be carefully studed and critically considered. Even that was too much for Darwinists. Maybe in college they teach that evolution is a fact that can’t be criticised and that’s what high schoolers are being prepped for, eh? Yes, I think that must be it. -ds