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Texas SBOE–no one wants to teach creationism/intelligent design

Posted in Education, Evolution, Texas with tags , , , , , , , , on December 3, 2008 by airtightnoodle

Don McLeroy is on the record as saying recently during testimony at the state board of education that he knows of no one on the board that has ever wanted to teach these ideas as part of science curriculum.  Yet McLeroy HIMSELF has advocated teaching creationism in the past! 

Sigh.

I recommend reading the following two blog posts from Tony Whitson and the Texas Freedom Network for more information.

Now you, too, can teach your children the truth about dinosaurs!

Posted in Education, Evolution with tags , , , , , , , , on November 17, 2008 by airtightnoodle
The truth shall set you free

The truth shall set you free

I am almost at a loss for what to type in this post as I am truly in amazement at what I just read.

I know I should not be surprised, yet I am.

According to this blog post, a new children’s book has hit the market entitled “Dinosaurs: Stars of the Show”.  It is written by Amie Zordel, a homeschooling mom who is apparently an AiG sympathizer (no, that’s not the AIG of the recent bailout…it’s Answers in Genesis).  The publisher is New Leaf Publishing Group.

It is apparent from reading the interview at the blog that Zordel has a problem teaching her children anything other than the strictest creationist interpretation of the bible, the age of the earth, and the origin of species. 

As we [Zordel and her daughter] watched the show and went over each false teaching, it occurred to me that we didn’t have a book that we could grab and read together that focused on these particular issues. And then, the idea was born.

Cha-ching!  Cha-ching!

The book is meant to help adults teach their children the errors of evolution versus creation science.  Zordel states that there were three main points she wanted to combat in the book:

First, dinosaurs are millions of years old. Second, they evolved from noting; and lastly, that dinosaurs did not roam the earth with man. I used three Scripture references to refute each of these main points. Genesis 1:1 states “God created.” Job 40:15 says behemoth was made with man. And finally, Luke 3 gives a list of geneologies that adds up to several thousand years, not millions. These truths from Scripture are simple enough for kids, but are solid enough for adults to learn from, as well.

First of all, who teaches that dinosaurs evolved from “nothing”?  No one I know says this.  Secondly, yes, dinosaur fossils ARE millions of years old, according to many different lines of testing.  Furthermore, according to such dating methods and other lines of evidence, dinosaurs could not (and did not) roam earth alongside man.  Unfortunately for Zordel, her scripture references really do not help her make her points.  Saying “God created” does not say anything about how or when God created.  The behemoth is not necessarily a reference to dinosaurs–in fact, most bible commentaries I’ve read do not describe it as such.  The genealogies in Luke, like other genealogies in the bible, are disputable for several reasons, but even if we take the genealogies in Luke in the most straightforward way possible, it only goes back to Adam.  The passage in Luke says nothing about what may or may not have happened before Adam or how long such a time period lasted.

Zordel contends that:

Knowing the truth about creation helps to build a strong foundation for the faith our children have in God. If they can’t trust what the Bible says in Genesis, they may more easily reject the rest of God’s Word.

What IS dangerous to faith is teaching your children that it is incompatible with evolution.  It seems to me that Ms. Zordel could learn a thing or two from another homeschooling mom, Rebecca Trotter.

Texas science education update

Posted in Education, Evolution, Texas with tags , , , , , , , on November 16, 2008 by airtightnoodle

The National Center for Science Education has given us an update on what is going on in Texas here.  On November 19, the board of education will hear testimony on the state’s science standards.  The article also gives details on how you can register to testify.

Barbara Forrest at SMU

Posted in Education, Evolution, Texas with tags , , , , , , , , on November 16, 2008 by airtightnoodle

Barbara Forrest recently spoke at Southern Methodist University in Dallas about creationism and intelligent design.  Ed Darrell from Millard Fillmore’s Bathtub was in attendance and has given us a rundown of the highlights from her talk.

Go here to read what Forrest had to say.

Creationism (a.k.a. zombie science)

Posted in Education, Evolution, Texas with tags , , , , , , , , on November 2, 2008 by airtightnoodle

Glenn Branch of the National Center for Science Education recently wrote an article entitled “Zombie Jamboree in Texas” in which he compares the creationist movement to such zombie flicks as “Dawn of the Dead”.

As humorous as this might seem, Branch’s article clearly points out why this issue is so important–and why the outcome in Texas is important for the nation as a whole.

Three creationists were just appointed to a six-member committee to review a draft set of Texas state biology standards, which determine what is taught in Texas’s public school science classrooms and the content of the biology textbooks approved for use in the state. And since Texas is one of the largest textbook markets in the country, what happens to textbooks there is relevant to the content of textbooks everywhere.

Click here to read the rest of the article.

CISD candidates’ views on teaching evolution

Posted in Education, Evolution, Texas with tags , , , , , , on November 2, 2008 by airtightnoodle

CISD (Conroe Independent School District, one of the school districts north of Houston and one of the larger districts in the state) has a vacancy on the school board.  The following article addresses the views on teaching evolution of the candidates running for this open position.  Click here to read the article.

Dr. Barbara Forrest in Dallas

Posted in Education, Evolution with tags , , , , , , , , on October 9, 2008 by airtightnoodle

Dr. Barbara Forrest (author of Creationism’s Trojan Horse: The Wedge of Intelligent Design) is coming to Dallas.  Yes, this is the same woman mentioned in the email that got Chris Comer in trouble. 

On Tuesday, November 11, Forrest will be speaking at SMU (Southern Methodist University).  The event starts at 6 and admission is free.  However, you do need to RSVP.  Her presentation will focus on the following:

“Why Texans Shouldn’t Let Creationists Mess with Science Education.”

To RSVP, click here.

Federal court sides with UC in evolution dispute

Posted in Evolution with tags , , , , , , , on October 5, 2008 by airtightnoodle

As mentioned previously on my blog, UC Berkeley was threatened with a lawsuit over its wonderful educational evolution website. 

Recently, on October 3, it was reported that a federal court sided with UC over the dispute, stating that the couple trying to sue the school lacked legal standing to file a lawsuit. 

You can read more about it here.

First draft of Texas science standards (TEKS) available online

Posted in Education, Evolution with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 28, 2008 by airtightnoodle

The first draft of the newly proposed science TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills) is now available for viewing online.  You can view the proposals here.

Keep checking the site as supposedly they will soon be asking for input on these proposed TEKS.

Rabbis say that evolution strengthens belief

Posted in Education, Evolution with tags , , , , , , , , on September 20, 2008 by airtightnoodle

star of davidIn the news today, out of Chicago, comes an article about Jewish rabbis who say that evolution is not detrimental to faith.  On the contrary, they say, it strengthens faith.

Several rabbis (235 since July) have even signed an open letter supporting the teaching of evolution in public schools.

Teaching creationism alongside evolution in public schools is apparently an awful idea according to many of these Jewish leaders.

Rabbi Debra Newman Kamin of the conservative Am Yisrael synagogue in Northfield, Ill., who signed the letter last month, called the movement to teach creationism in public schools alongside evolution “horrifying.”

Though there are, of course, many in the Jewish community who still hold to a literal interpretation of the Genesis creation story, those of the Jewish faith have been moving away from such a reading for the past several hundred years, seeing evolution not as atheistic or anti-God but instead as a natural process put in place by the Creator Himself. 

Click here to read the rest of the story.