January 27, 2011

Secular Thursday:

Wow, so it's Thursday again.  Gotta think of something to write about that is both homeschool-y and secular.  Umm....

It's been 25 minutes since I wrote that sentence.  I guess I can't really think of anything.  I saw a blog post from Science Daily talking about high school biology teachers not wanting to be vocal in their support of evolution.

The researchers found these teachers commonly use one or more of three strategies to avoid controversy. Some teach evolutionary biology as if it applies only to molecular biology, ignoring an opportunity to impart a rich understanding of the diversity of species and evidence that one species gives rise to others.
Using a second strategy, some teachers rationalize the teaching of evolution by referring to high-stakes examinations.
These teachers "tell students it does not matter if they really 'believe' in evolution, so long as they know it for the test," Berkman and Plutzer said.
Finally, many teachers expose their students to all positions, scientific and otherwise, and let them make up their own minds.
This is unfortunate, the researchers said, because "this approach tells students that well established concepts can be debated in the same way we debate personal opinions."

It's the last sentence that really gets me.  I may not agree with a lot of opinions out there, but I will defend anyone's right to voice them.  What I won't condone is blatant ignoring of reality because it doesn't fit into a specific worldview.  Evolution is happening all around us, all the time.  Find a way to make that fact work in your 6000 year old world, because it's not going to go away.

Let's see, what else.  It's the 25th anniversary of the Challenger tragedy.  I didn't realize that earlier today, but we've had many discussions about it with the kids over the years.  I don't remember being in school when it happened, though I think I should have been.  I do remember watching the video over and over in our living room when we lived in Omaha, NE.

Wanna know what else is sad.  The space shuttles retire later this year.  We have nothing ready to replace them.  

I think that's all that I can muster for tonight.  Check out the other Secular Thursday bloggers here.  And while I'm at it, here's a shout out to Secular Homeschool.com

1 comment:

  1. I was in the 5th grade when The Challenger tragedy happened. I remember it vividly. Just like 9/11, it's one of those things that's seared into my mind.

    As for the evolution stuff... it's hard to believe that people are still debating that stuff and choosing to look away from the scientific evidence.

    When will religion go away? Sigh.