Response to the Columbus Dispatch Article Titled:
"Who decides what your kids learn?"
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This article appeared in the "USA Weekend" insert of the 10/23/1999 Columbus Dispatch.
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The first thing we noticed about this article was that it was placed on the "National Debate" section of this insert. That was ironic because there was no debating of any kind in this article. It was the usual one-sided reporting of only the evolutionists view of the issue. Perhaps this is another example of why people have so little trust in the news media.
In Kansas, the state Board of Education voted this past summer to remove evolution from teaching requirements and give local school boards the right to decide what is taught.
Not sure this is an accurate portrayal. See Ken Ham's letter about this.
While Kansas' 1,500 public schools have yet to change lesson plans, teachers fear the creationism movement will drive out serious science.
The creation science movement is serious science. The real fear here is that the creationism movement will displace the religions of humanism and atheism in the public schools. They both currently enjoy a great deal of support from these teachers who promote the Godless religion of evolution. Also, to be fair to these teachers, many of them are victims of their liberal educations. It's likely that most of them never received a a serious opposing view to evolution. Most probably grew up not questioning evolution in any kind of serious way because like students today, they weren't allowed to see the compelling evidence that creation scientists have to offer to refute evolution. We also wonder how many teachers in that school system agree with the decision that was made. This article only quoted from those that disagree.
In an unscientific survey, 73% said local school boards should not have the power to exclude evolution from the curriculum.
Given the way this survey was conducted, it could easily be way off from reality. In a scientific survey conducted by the Gallup Poll in June, 1999, 81% of Americans favor having creationism being taught in the public schools.
The battle of religion vs. state has raged unresolved for centuries.
This is an inaccurate characterization of the debate. It's the Godless religion of evolution versus the God-centered religion of Christianity. It's the biased science of evolutionary scientists versus the biased science of creation scientists.
Today, most states use National Science Education standards that stress evolution instruction.
This is most likely referring to the book called Teaching about Evolution and the Nature of Science. This statement in the article is a wonderful example of the news media not telling you the whole story. For instance, how many teachers and parents were told about the heavy influence of atheists, humanists and agnostics in the National Academy of Sciences? There is an excellent book called Refuting Evolution, by Jonathan D. Sarfati, Ph.D, F.M. that was written as a direct response to the book the NSA published (referenced above). We wonder if these science teachers who are complaining about not being able to freely teach evolution would still feel so strongly about it after reading Refuting Evolution. We suspect that if most parents read Refuting Evolution, they'd be in strong support of the school boards decision. In fact, they might even ask the school board to go even farther than they have. We've been given permission by the publisher to put an entire chapter Refuting Evolution on this web site. Click here to read Chapter 4 concerning the dinosaur-to-bird hypothesis.
Can science and religion co-exist in the classroom?
They co-exist today in classrooms from kindergarten to college. Evolutionists are fond of claiming that the science being taught in public schools is religious neutral. However, the reality is that the religions of humanism and atheism are enjoying marvelous support in public schools today. The priests and bishops of this religion in the schools are the science teachers who promote evolution as if it's a well proven theory. We should also point out, though, that there are science teachers who do not believe in evolution but who are compelled to teach it because of laws in their states. There are also many Christian teachers who work in public school systems who are trying very hard to change the way things are from within. To all those teachers, please be aware that our criticism as stated in the previous sentences do not apply to you. We are very grateful for men and women like you who have the kind of courage that you do. We ask that all Christians pray for you to help you to remain strong in the face of the persecution that sometimes comes with being in that kind of position.
"Our uniqueness is not in our biology," says David Haury, a science teacher who directs the Educational Resources Information Center in Columbus, Ohio, and who opposes teaching creationism. "Our uniqueness is somewhere else, and my religion has an answer for that."
We wonder what religion he's referring to. It should be pointed out here that there are a lot of well-meaning Christians who have made the mistake of compromising with evolutionists. The compromises include progressive creationism, theistic evolution and the "gap" theory to name a few. We pray for these Christian brothers and sisters who are out there trying so hard, but who are fighting powerful enemies with a dull sword.
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