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Re: Field Museum redux



Rich Travsky said:
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> On Fri, 1 Sep 1995, Ellin Beltz wrote:
> > [...]
> > 
> > As far as the teaching of "creation science" or mentioning it in the 
> > classroom before or after evolution...  My personal opinion (and I expect 
> > to be flamed for it) is that --everything-- relating to evolution should 
> > be taught.  The arguments for and the arguments against (no matter how 
> > absurd) deserve a place in the dialog.  Censorship of ideas (no matter 
> > how absurd they are) is --wrong--.  
> > 
> > Let the students hear all sides.  If the bio teacher is a good one, the 
> > arguments in favor vs. the arguments against should resolve themselves in 
> > the students' minds leaving them more capable of rational thought, 
> > logical discussion, and an interest in learning.
> > 
> > Controversy is an excellent teacher's aide.  It makes the subject matter 
> > far more interesting than "here it is, this is fact, now - regurgitate!"
> No no no no no no no. No. Creationism is pseudo science, pure and simple.
> Not to be taught as an alternate point of view. This is not a 
> philosophy discourse, where many points of view can co-exist. Science
> is taught on a foundation of facts derived by research and experimentation.
> I've yet to see a creationist experiment.
> 
> If creationism appears in the classroom at all, it should be in the
> role of pseudo science, as an endeavor to make facts fit a foregone 
> scenario.
> 
> >  [...]
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