Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Appeal-Democrat of Marysville, California. It’s titled Public schools ought to be able to teach about Creation. We’ll give you a few excerpts, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, and some bold font for emphasis. As we usually do, we’ll omit the writer’s name and city. Okay, here we go:
In most schools, teachers are only allowed to teach about evolution. They are no longer allowed to teach about Creation. This recently happened for New Orleans Parish Public Schools in December. The approved policy states: “… nor shall any science textbook be approved which presents creationism or intelligent design as science or scientific theories.”
Right. We wrote about that here: Creationism Banned in New Orleans Schools. It was the one dim light of sanity in an otherwise hopelessly creationist state, and it seems to have upset today’s letter-writer. Her letter continues:
Taking creationism completely out of schools goes against the children’s rights.
What rights? Do children have a right to be misinformed? If so, why not teach them astrology in the public schools? Flat-Earth too. Yes — spherical Earth violates the children’s rights! Let’s read on:
Instead of making them learn only evolutionism, students should be exposed to various ideas, including intelligent design as well as evolution.
You knew that was coming. And did you notice her use of “evolutionism”? It’s not as popular as “Darwinism” but creationists seem to like it. The letter continues:
Children need to know how to use critical thinking. If they don’t figure out how to make decisions now, how can we expect them to make intelligent and important decisions in the future?
Is today’s letter an example of critical thinking? If so, whatever educational experiences the letter-writer had should be ruthlessly extirpated from all schools. Here’s the last of it:
Some schools have classes that teach about various religions, but most public or charter schools do not present creationism. I believe that creationism should be allowed in schools. Instead of forcing the kids to learn only evolutionism, introduce them to both sides and let them decide.
Ah yes, let the children decide. That’s the way to teach science! Well, dear reader, this letter wasn’t the most memorable in our series, but as our title says, it was short and sweet.
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