In the Brainerd Dispatch of Brainerd, Minnesota we have the latest episode in a long running creationist drama. Their headline is Brainerd Public Schools: Kern advocates for teaching creationism in science. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
Before the Brainerd School Board approved a new science curriculum for seventh and eighth graders, board member Sue Kern asked about creationism, a topic she has pushed to be taught in the school district in the past.
We’ve written about Susie Kern’s creationist crusade before. See Drooling School Board Chairwoman, when she was quoted at a board meeting:
“You know, Darwin’s theory was done in the mid-1800s and it’s never been proven,” Kern said. “So I’m wondering why we’re still teaching it.”
Let’s find out what she’s up to now. The newspaper says:
Tim Murtha, director of teaching and learning, presented materials for seventh grade life science and eighth grade physical science curricula to the board Wednesday, May 27, as a recommendation from Forestview Middle School science teachers and the district advisory committee. The Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Science Dimensions curricula presented are designed to address Next Generation Science Standards, a multi-state effort to create new education standards rich in content and coherent in manner across various disciplines and grade levels. Content for seventh grade life science classes under the new curriculum includes: heredity and inheritance; structure of molecules and organisms; interactions, energy and dynamics in ecosystems; and [Here it comes!] evolution.
Egad, evolution? Susie won’t like that. We’re skipping a few paragraphs about curriculum subjects that don’t interest us, and then the newspaper says:
Science is always changing, Kern noted, and scientists are always making new discoveries. She referenced the Creation Evidence Museum in Glen Rose, Texas, which, according to its website, aims to research evidence and display exhibits supporting biblical creation. [Even Hambo rejects that stuff — see Way Down Upon the Paluxy River] Kern also mentioned the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens, which some creationists believe shows evidence that geological formations believed to take millions or billions of years to form could have actually happened in much less time.
Ol’ Hambo is big on that Mt. St. Helens argument, but we won’t bother linking to his posts on that. Then the newspaper quotes Susie:
“I just am always a seeker of truth [She means The Truth™], and I would like to see that added to the curriculum,” Kern said. “I would never expect you to not teach what we’re mandated; I’m totally on board with that. But I think we could add a piece there.”
Yeah — just add a little creationism here and there. The newspaper continues by reporting Tim Murtha’s reaction:
Murtha said he appreciated Kern’s question and her respect for the district’s obligation to fulfill certain teaching standards. “But we need to be clear,” he said. “Creationism is not science because it is not falsifiable.” [Gasp!] Murtha added there are bodies of laws and court decisions in the state of Minnesota stating it is not appropriate to teach creationism in schools. “That’s not our decision to make,” he said. “We’ve committed ourselves and our teachers to teaching science. … And our teachers have done a great job of teaching science, and that’s what we need to remain to do.”
Susie wasn’t happy with that. Here comes her reaction:
Kern maintained her position, saying she wants to see the district teach the science part of creationism. “I just think that we’re missing something there,” she said.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! She got this response from the school district’s director of teaching and learning:
Murtha said he respectfully disagreed but appreciated Kern bringing her concerns forward. “I appreciate that we can discuss the concern in a responsible and safe manner,” Murtha said. “You represent a portion of the community as a school board member, who deserves to have its views honored and openly portrayed at school board. And I hope that this discussion in no way creates animosity with the district.”
Very polite — but still “No!” Let’s read on:
Kern thanked Murtha and voted against the adoption of the new seventh and eighth grade science curricula. The measure passed 5-1.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Not much to be said — until we hear from Susie Kern again.
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