Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Winnipeg Free Press of Winnipeg, Manitoba. It’s titled Evolution versus creation. If you go there, you’ll have to scroll down to the third letter to find it. The newspaper has a comments feature which seems to be for all the letters at that link, but most of the comments are about this one.
Because today’s writer isn’t a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name. In fact, because the writer is a high school student, we won’t use any name at all. Excerpts from the letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!
What if it were mandatory to take a creationism course in school — a course that discussed creation and religion, not just the evolutionary theory? [Reference to a local school board controversy.] As students, we are taught to be independent and discover life for ourselves. The current science curriculum is not that; the school system decides that for us.
Dear letter-writer: The school system designs the science curriculum for you because you’re a student! You’re there to learn, not to discover life for yourself. If you want to embark on a voyage of self-discovery, then quit school, sign up as a crewman on a cargo ship, and see the world.
Okay, okay — we won’t lecture the kid. Then he tells us:
What about the other side of things? As a Grade 11 student, I should at least have the option to learn about what I believe to be true in public schools.
But what if you believe in flying saucers? Ah, well, let’s read on:
Evolution is just as much of a faith as creation — we weren’t there observing the Earth form, so how would we know exactly how it happened?
And that, dear student, is why you’re in school. You’re there to learn — or in your case, to unlearn an ark-load of nonsense. The letter continues:
Isn’t science supposed to have the evidence to back up and explain the big questions of life? The universe?
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Science does have evidence to support scientific theories. But it doesn’t deal with “the big questions of life.” For that, there’s Sunday school. Here’s more:
Isn’t science supposed to be questioned and looked into? That’s how discoveries are made in the first place.
Yes. You may question science, and maybe one day you’ll make some discoveries. But you won’t have a clue how to go about that until you learn what’s already known — and the method by which it was discovered.
And now we come to the end:
The high school curriculum should change to give students the chance to learn about more than just evolution.
Well, kid, maybe one day you’ll run for the school board. Then you’ll have a chance to put your ideas into effect. Until then, let’s see if you’ve got what it takes to graduate from high school. At the rate you’re going, you may not make it.
Oh dear, we said we wouldn’t lecture the kid. Sorry about that. We couldn’t resist.
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