The Discovery Institute, having utterly failed in their efforts to achieve any success in the scientific world, are returning to their campain to Teach the Controversy to school children.
They’re promoting yet another podcast at their creationist blog with their latest post: Great Idea: Let Students Debate Evolution! It was written by Klinghoffer. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
In an ID the Future podcast [a pile of creationism, a veritable Vesuvius of vomit] with Robert Crowther [the Discoveroids’ Director of Communications], Sarah Chaffee [whom we call “Savvy Sarah”] makes a GREAT point about science education.
Ooooooooooooh! The podcast makes a “GREAT” point! What is it? Klinghoffer says:
One of the malevolent untruths [Hee hee!] spread by Darwin defenders [The scoundrels!] is that we seek to strip evolution out of school curricula. The truth is that the Center for Science & Culture advocates improving education on evolution by increasing coverage of the subject through adding the element of critical analysis.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! We’ve discussed their concept of critical analysis (or critical thinking) before — see, e.g.: What Is “Critical Thinking”? Then he tells us:
Download the podcast or listen to it here.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! You want it? Click over to the Discoveroids’ post and hunt for the link. Klinghoffer continues:
Sarah is Program Director for Education and Public Policy at the CSC but also a veteran of high school debating who currently coaches high school debaters. As I can confirm from my own high school experience, debate is a fantastic way of sharpening intellectual and communication skills while deepening your understanding of a serious subject. … Imagine the same approach in a biology class when it came time to talk about evolution!
Why stop at evolution? How about debating flat Earth, astrology, Moon landing denial, etc.? Let’s read on:
This would be a wonderful way to train students in scientific thinking — which is not about passively absorbing approved ideas but about analyzing data, weighing strengths and weaknesses of one interpretation versus another, in search of the truth.
Yes, it’s the best way to learn The Truth™. Klinghoffer ends his post with a provocative question:
If standard Darwinian theory is really as ironclad as we are commanded to assume, then the exercise should reinforce belief in evolution. What are you afraid of?
Well, dear reader, what’s your response? If you’re really that confident about Darwinism, then let government schools teach the children about Oogity Boogity! You’re not afraid, are you?
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