The Temple of Apollo at Delphi had an oracle who was famed for her ambiguous prophecies. Wikipedia has a List of oracular statements from Delphi.
Why do we start by mentioning that? Because that’s what we thought of when we read this story in the Indianapolis Star: 5 questions with Ball State president Jo Ann Gora on STEM, intelligent design controversy.
The first three questions put to Gora, presumably by the newspaper reporter, don’t interest us, but the last two deal with the intelligent design problem Indiana’s Ball State University has been having, and which is summarized in this earlier post: Ball State Imbroglio Update — 03 Oct 2013. Here are the last two questions, with Jo Ann Gora’s answers. We’d like to know what you make of it:
Question: National attention this year prompted you to write a letter about the university’s decision to bar the teaching of intelligent design in a science class. Does controversial material have a place on college campuses?
Answer: Sure it does. But the issue is academic integrity. It is important that the folks that are presenting the material be educated in those areas, and if you do not have an academic background in that particular area, it is not appropriate for you to be teaching that. Controversial subjects, absolutely they belong in the classroom.
What does that mean? Does she want more faculty members with a background in intelligent design? Or is she just double-talking? Okay, here’s the last question:
Q: Has the issue been put to rest?
A: There are national associations in whose interest it is to continue to stir this pot and who will continue, I think, to beat the drum.
We assume that collection of metaphors means “No, the issue has not been put to rest.” But how does she plan to resolve it? She doesn’t give us a clue. Delphic indeed.
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