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  •  It definitely 'opens the door' (3+ / 0-)
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    Although some teachers may be brave enough to choose not to walk through it. As noted in the diary, she is following in the footsteps of TX State Board of Ed, and the curriculum materials of the creationist Discovery Institute. Studying the "weaknesses" means teaching that there is an equally valid theory from the Biblical side of the "scientific" divide.  Here's the D.I. explanation of their work in the area of science:

    Science and Culture. Scientific research and experimentation have produced staggering advances in our knowledge about the natural world, but they have also led to increasing abuse of science as the so-called “new atheists” have enlisted science to promote a materialistic worldview, to deny human freedom and dignity and to smother free inquiry. Our Center for Science and Culture works to defend free inquiry. It also seeks to counter the materialistic interpretation of science by demonstrating that life and the universe are the products of intelligent design and by challenging the materialistic conception of a self-existent, self-organizing universe and the Darwinian view that life developed through a blind and purposeless process.
    http://www.discovery.org/...

    They've expanded into other areas of thought, as well.
    This notion might be promising:

    a technocratic mindset that believes morality is somehow irrelevant to wealth creation.
    Could sell that as a starting point for a lot of us to agree on. Except this is where they are going with it:
     
    Our program on Technology and Democracy examines the destructive consequences of the over-regulation of new technologies, while our Center on Wealth, Poverty, and Morality explores how free enterprise and the Judeo-Christian moral tradition create a culture of entrepreneurship that makes technological innovation, and thus economic prosperity, possible.
    They presumably have a whole stable of writers who are fluent in doublespeak. And that is where that legislation on teaching evolution comes from.

    "No one life is more important than another. No one voice is more valid than another. Each life is a treasure. Each voice deserves to be heard." Patriot Daily News Clearinghouse & Onomastic

    by Catte Nappe on Wed Feb 20, 2013 at 08:12:38 AM PST

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