This is about a splendid essay by Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia. As you know, ol’ Hambo is co-founder of Answers in Genesis (AIG) — described in the Cast of Characters section of our Intro page.
Hambo’s essay is School Standards and Science. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us and his links and scripture references omitted:
Well, the battle for our children continues in this country (and around the world). A few months ago, the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) were made available to the American public for comment and recommendations.
We’ve written about that subject before. They’re proposed by the National Research Council. The standards are intended as voluntary guidelines to be adopted by all states for use in their public schools. You can see them here: A Framework for K-12 Science Education. Back to Hambo:
A recent article in WORLD magazine explained two of the key issues with these standards. “They explicitly emphasize Darwinism and climate change.”
We at Answers in Genesis do not deny that climate change happens. However, we do debate how much of a role man has in it. …
If you care what Hambo thinks about climate change, you can read that for yourself. We’re going to skip that and focus on what he says about evolution:
The new science standards would have much of the education on these topics begin in kindergarten!
Why not? Hambo often advocates teaching kids about Noah’s Ark and such when they’re young, and he insists that’s not child abuse. So what’s wrong with teaching them genuine science when they’re young? He continues:
Students in schools that have adopted the NGSS are “supposed to learn … about ‘evidence’ supporting the Big Bang.” The article goes on to say that high school students will be taught that common ancestry and the evolution of organisms from one kind to another are well supported by evidence.
Sounds good to us. We’re certain you noticed Hambo’s scare-quotes around the word “evidence.” Very cute. Here’s more:
You know, what these standards are doing is removing any opportunity for your children to think critically about evolutionary ideas and other controversial topics in science.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Moving along:
We are seeing increasing efforts evolution and millions of years as fact to teach generations of children. [That was a garbled sentence, but we’ll leave it as we found it.]. As the biblical creation ministry has increased in influence, we see an increasing effort by the secularists to impose their anti-God religion on the culture. We are truly in a spiritual war. The evil one (the Devil) is very active on planet earth. Don’t let him deceive you and your children.
Oooooooh! Spiritual war! It’s the Devil’s work! Don’t let that mean ol’ Devil near your children! You’ll be glad to know that we’re getting near the end of his essay:
As I’ve said many times before, the culture is at war regarding the hearts and minds of this generation. I encourage you to read [plug for Hambo’s book].
The last paragraph has some scripture, and then this:
It is the responsibility of parents to show their children how to think critically — we can’t depend on the school system. Parents, I urge you to teach your children how to think about the claims of evolution, so that they will be prepared for the challenges they will undoubtedly face in their educations.
That’s it, dear reader. Now you know all you need to know about Hambo’s approach to science education.
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