Protesting creationism in the curriculum

The Kansas school board is considering proposals to introduce the study of “intelligent design” (i.e., creationism) into the classroom. John Poulos has fashioned a sort of protest form letter for those working in science and techology fields. Anyone who signs it pledges not to hire students educated in the Kansas public school system while intelligent design is part of the curriculum.

Here’s an excerpt:

If the State of Kansas should accept the anti-scientific proposals before it now, we hereby declare that we will never hire or contract professionally anyone educated in the Kansas public school system during the times such resolutions are in effect. The intellectual, economic and physical health of our nation depends on a clear understanding of scientific principles. To cloud those principles through the introduction of anti-scientific methodologies does a grave disservice to the young people of Kansas, and to the future of our nation as a whole.

(Via Twinkle Twinkle.)

Whether it’s fair to bar Kansas students from jobs in science and techology because of their school board’s leanings is obviously a question worth taking up.

Through eighth grade, as I’ve mentioned before, I attended Evangelical schools where I was taught creationism as fact, the Bible as history, and Pilgrim’s Progress as the zenith of literary achievement. But I was skeptical by nature. And later I went to public schools and unlearned these things. While it just so happens that I lack any semblance of mathematical or scientific acuity, I’m not sure everyone who went to school with me at the age of eleven should be barred from employment in the sciences simply because their parents chose to send them to elementary and junior high schools that taught them bad science.

Still, it’s a novel approach, with tangible consequences.


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