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Old 02-25-2013, 10:29 PM   #31
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I'd like to think that we always calm towards reasonable conversation after a few angry posts, so I am a little hurt by the comment about my posts being only vitriol, but if that's the impression I give off, I apologize, I really do try to stay out of these conversations.
I just meant in the threads you get angry at. I understand getting worked up. I do more than my share of that. I'd just prefer you'd call me an asshole and then state eloquently why I'm so wrong rather than just calling me an asshole. I certainly don't want you not participating.

I'm sorry for upsetting you with the oil drums. But I need to stick my my opinion on levels of religion. Because that's, like, my opinion, man
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Old 02-25-2013, 10:30 PM   #32
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The funny thing is that the all fundies should die comment wasn't even written in some whirlwind of emotion, it was edited in later. I saw the original kinda inflammatory but not really post and didn't think twice about it.
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Old 02-25-2013, 10:32 PM   #33
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The funny thing is that the all fundies should die comment wasn't even written in some whirlwind of emotion, it was edited in later. I saw the original kinda inflammatory but not really post and didn't think twice about it.
Ironically, I edited it in later to lighten up the tone of the post. Whoops!
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Old 02-25-2013, 10:32 PM   #34
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The State Board of Education, district boards of education,
district superintendents and administrators, and public school
principals and administrators shall endeavor to create an
environment within public elementary and secondary schools that
encourages students to explore scientific questions, learn about
scientific evidence, develop critical thinking skills, and respond
appropriately and respectfully to differences of opinion about
controversial issues.


Students may be evaluated based upon their understanding of
course materials, but no student in any public school or institution
shall be penalized in any way because the student may subscribe to a
particular position on scientific theories. Nothing in this
subsection shall be construed to exempt students from learning,
understanding and being tested on curriculum as prescribed by state
and local education standards.


The intent of the provisions of this act is to create an environment in which
both the teacher and students can openly and objectively discuss the
facts and observations of science, and the assumptions that underlie
their interpretation.
Yes, truly dangerous stuff there.

If we had more students taught "critical thinking skills" in school we'd have more people insisting on actually reading a piece of legislation before commenting on it and fewer people so willing to be spoon-fed propaganda like "Making It Illegal To Fail Science Students Who Argue Humans Co-Existed With Dinosaurs."
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Old 02-25-2013, 10:35 PM   #35
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Yes, truly dangerous stuff there.

If we had more students taught "critical thinking skills" in school we'd have more people insisting on actually reading a piece of legislation before commenting on it and fewer people so willing to be spoon-fed propaganda like "Making It Illegal To Fail Science Students Who Argue Humans Co-Existed With Dinosaurs."
Hyuck hyuck. Tell me more about critical thinking, Indy. You're clearly the local expert. Tell me why this new piece of legislation is needed then. What you highlighted is what is currently referred to as "learning in school". You're the last person who should be throwing around the phrase "spoon fed". You routinely use non-words you hear on talk radio. You're just too insulated by willful ignorance to realize it
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Old 02-25-2013, 10:43 PM   #36
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And if you're truly interested in critical thought, you'd realize your little highlighted sections are carefully and intentionally worded so as not to come off as "religious". "oh we're just interested in thoughtful discussion, folks. No Jesus to see here". It's wedge strategy and nothing more
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Old 02-25-2013, 10:45 PM   #37
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Hyuck hyuck. Tell me more about critical thinking, Indy. You're clearly the local expert
While the major lesson learned here tonight for me is to not post my very heartfelt feelings while on my cell phone and therefore not as poignantly, I really want to know why you feel that if my child does not believe in scientific evolutionary theory they should be forced to pretend like they do for the sake of science class?

If there is a question that states "What does the theory of evolution say?" I see no problem in a student being forced answer that question or be penalized. But I do not think that a student should be asked to say emphatically that evolution is fact. I don't believe that that is right to force a child who is raised in a way that does not support those beliefs to believe it themselves. That's just as bad as forcing your religion on someone else
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What if your kid doesn't believe that Pearl Harbor happened?
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While the major lesson learned here tonight for me is to not post my very heartfelt feelings while on my cell phone and therefore not as poignantly, I really want to know why you feel that if my child does not believe in scientific evolutionary theory they should be forced to pretend like they do for the sake of science class?
Perhaps because it's a science class, and, as long as the powers that be have ruled that children should learn science, then that science should be actual science? If we want to teach unscientifically developed theories about the world that contradict theories developed using the scientific method, that's great (well, no it's not), but it shouldn't be called science. Perhaps the right should argue for science itself to have a reduced role in education, in favor of faith, but that sounds bad.
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For the record, in 17 years of schooling, I've never once been asked whether or not I believe in the theory of evolution. It was never a little button I had to press in order to pass. So I'm not sure why this is even an issue.
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But I do not think that a student should be asked to say emphatically that evolution is fact.
Students should not have to accept facts as facts? Then why even bother sending them to school? Whole point is to teach them knowledge and critical thinking rather than letting them get away with spouting any old bullshit.
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Students should not have to accept facts as facts? Then why even bother sending them to school? Whole point is to teach them knowledge and critical thinking rather than letting them get away with spouting any old bullshit.
I think there's definitely a line between "Pearl Harbor didn't happen" and not believing in Evolution.

Certainly not spouting any old bullshit, at any rate, when there's such a huge personal belief system behind it.

Regardless, like LeMel said, read my post: All I said was, if a student is asked to state answers to questions, fine. It gets trickier when you ask a student to say emphatically that something occurred. I was really uncomfortable with questions in high school/college that asked "What caused such and such to form". I knew what answer they wanted, and I knew what answer I wanted to write. I always ended up writing something along the lines of "The theory of evolution states that...", which made me feel like I'd squirmed my way out of saying something I don't believe, but didn't make me happy with myself, regardless.
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I have a hard time understanding the rage that some people feel about others who believe in unscientific ideas. It baffles me. It really does. But I guess there are believers who all angry about the "infidels" too, so there you go. . .

When it comes to the science curriculum, I would disagree with a law that requires ideas not supported by science to accepted and graded as if they were. I would also disagree with a law that "penalizes" students for expressing an opinion, when that is what is being asked for. I also think that if a student wants to present in a research paper citations from sources that argue for creation they should be allowed to do so without being penalized. The teacher is free to challenge the students sources, expect them to consider sources of research that are more widely acknowledged and accepted. In short, the teacher can push the student to think critically which may (or may not lead) the student to reconsider what they understand to be good science on the issue.

That, to me, is good teaching.
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Old 02-25-2013, 11:23 PM   #44
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While the major lesson learned here tonight for me is to not post my very heartfelt feelings while on my cell phone and therefore not as poignantly, I really want to know why you feel that if my child does not believe in scientific evolutionary theory they should be forced to pretend like they do for the sake of science class?

If there is a question that states "What does the theory of evolution say?" I see no problem in a student being forced answer that question or be penalized. But I do not think that a student should be asked to say emphatically that evolution is fact. I don't believe that that is right to force a child who is raised in a way that does not support those beliefs to believe it themselves. That's just as bad as forcing your religion on someone else
K, I'm at a computer now too. So before answering, I'll just say that despite my crying about "ooh, you always just yell at me and never contribute to the actual conversation", I do like your gusto. Nothing wrong with getting fired up every once in a while.

As far as your question goes, I don't think that's the school's problem. As Lemel stated a little further down, I don't think I've ever learned something in school and then been asked "do you believe that?". The only job for schools to do is teach facts. And like it or not, evolution is a fact. There are mountains of evidence supporting it. Every year we learn countless things about the world that only solidify it. It's the basis of every modern natural science; not because shady scientist got together and decided to shoe horn it in, but because it's a fact and it works. It's no different than teaching germ theory, or classical mechanics. They're indisputable facts. People like Indy will try to tell you about all the holes in evolution (and often mistake the word 'theory' for the word 'hypothesis') but the truth is that they never have any actual understanding of the concept as evidenced by the constant trotting out of long refuted 'proofs' against it (the eye is always a fun one). What schools shouldn't be doing is teaching "intelligent design" which is just creationism in a not-so-fancy new outfit. Intelligent design isn't science. There's nothing scientific about it. They start with a conclusion and try to find evidence to fit it... the opposite of science. It's Christians trying to get creationism taught in schools under the guise of a search for knowledge and a phoney "teach the controversy" - of which there is no controversy. The Discover Institute is nothing but a not so cleverly designed Christian 'think' tank (Literally not so clever. Look up "cdesign proponentsists". Oops!).

But, all that said. There's nothing stopping you from teaching your kids to believe whatever it is you want them to. In my opinion, it would be intellectually hobbling them, but I'm sure you would feel differently
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"The theory of evolution states that..."
I think this is a perfectly reasonable solution to balance your beliefs.

honest question: Could there be enough that you can learn about evolution that would make you change your mind? Or are you steadfast in your decision? No judgement either way
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