We have a depressing little tidbit for you this morning. It’s particularly depressing because Raleigh is located in what is supposed to be the intellectually and academically sophisticated part of North Carolina. But as we shall soon see, beneath the thin veneer lies madness.
In the News & Observer of Raleigh, North Carolina we read Wake County science teacher told to stop teaching about creationism. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
The Wake County school system has told a middle school science teacher to stop giving assignments about creationism as part of the study of the theory of evolution. School officials say the assignment, in which the teacher gave his students the option of doing an extra-credit project on evolution or creationism, was inappropriate because the state curriculum doesn’t include creationism.
Extra credit for creationism? How grand! Here’s more:
At Wakefield, eighth-grade science teacher Adam Dembrow gave students an extra-credit opportunity last month to do a poster and paper either on “your interpretation of a religions (sic) Creation” or on “any evidence on the theory of evolution, which can be used to support the theory of evolution.”.
Please note, dear reader, that a less-disciplined blogger than your Curmudgeon would leap at the opportunity to make jokes about Mr. Dembrow’s name. Indeed, the situation cries out for it. But we are way above such things. Even when writing about someone like Mr. Dembrow — whom others might call dim-witted and Neanderthal-browed — we are able to resist such temptations.
But we’re curious. Did Mr. Dembrow give the kiddies any guidance about where to seek creationist information? Ah, indeed he did:
Dembrow suggested three websites that students could go to: Answers in Genesis, the Creation Research Society and the Institute for Creation Research.
Aaaargh!! Let’s read on:
The assignment drew at least one parental complaint, causing the Wake County school system to investigate.
Well, what happened to Dembrow? Did the outraged community string him up? The newspaper tells us:
The school system said Dembrow did not receive any disciplinary action. Repeated efforts to reach Dembrow were unsuccessful.
No discipline! That means he’s still free to spew nonsense to the kiddies. Here’s more:
Former state Rep. Russell Capps defended Dembrow’s right to give the assignment. In 1997, the North Raleigh Republican legislator introduced a bill calling for evolution to be taught as a theory and not as fact.
“Evolution is certainly something that students can be taught,” said Capps, who is running for a state House seat this year. “But it’s not the only theory. Students should also have the right to learn about creationism. Where’s their academic freedom?”
There’s a brief entry on Russell Capps in Wikipedia. He represented Raleigh before in the state legislature, and how he’s coming back for another go at it. The people will get what they deserve.
Had enough, dear reader? Okay, let us take our leave of Raleigh, North Carolina.
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