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  •  I am sure the science teachers you speak of (1+ / 0-)
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    are good people. Some attempt to finesse the pressure to bring religion into the schools by giving some class time to fundamentalist beliefs about the origin of Earth, the Universe and Mankind. Some truely believe it is their duty to their god to teach those beliefs.

    However, these science teachers are not addressing the fact that there are multiple theories. They are, as best they can, addressing the fact that there is outside pressure, from parents, from their pastors or co-religionists, from their upbringing, from fundamentalist administrators or school board members, from members of the general public, to teach religious ideas as if they were scientific.

    But the good people who are finessing outside pressure need your support in lessening that pressure. Your telling them "Bravo! great job!" for teaching a balance between science and religion carries the meta-message that they are doing a job that should be done. And the good people who sincerely believe they have a mission from god simply do not belong in a science classroom.  

    "The problems of incompetent, corrupt, corporatist government are incompetence, corruption and corporatism, not government." Jerome a Paris

    by Orinoco on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 10:51:36 AM PST

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