What Grade Niners are learning is settled science?
|May 19, 2012||Posted by News under News, science education|
Here, David W. Gibson offers some thoughts with respect to the Tennessee schools bill:
But the claim that the long-since settled scientific knowledge imparted to 9th graders is controversial within the world of science is simply false.
I (Denyse O’Leary) was first alerted to the problem of Darwin in the schools when I read a teacher’s Web site (long since down) that said, essentially, that the Monarch-Viceroy mimicry complex was probably not an example of natural selection at work, but that students should be told that it is – because it makes a good illustration of Darwinism.
Ah yes, that was a brilliant explanation of Darwinism.
It probably wasn’t true.
Indeed, it has since been discovered that butterfly wing patterns may be controlled simply by hybridization, and in any event, there are serious problems with claims about the Monarch-Viceroy complex as a product of Darwinian natural selection, as opposed to other mechanisms. There is much we don’t know about butterflies in general, and they have never been a very good demo for Darwin.
Unfortunately, where Darwinism is concerned, what students are learning is sometimes settled propaganda.
See also: Survival of the fakest: Humiliating the loser Texas taxpayers with Haeckel’s fake embryo drawings Even fakes are okay, when it come to promoting Darwin in the schools. Hey, this problem is not going away.