jrg13 at PSU.EDU
Wed Apr 22 12:30:19 CDT 1998
Invitation by Peter Rauch to comment on the new National Academy of Science
on teaching evolution.
My comment is that it reads as a garbelled complicated series of assertions
and inferences. It would
do nothing to convince me that evolution qualifies as a science. There is a
heavy emphasis on
indoctrination about particular theories of how evolution takes place (e.g.
and far less on evolution as a scientific methodology (compare with the
emphasis on method
in chemistry or physics).
As far as I am able to discern, evolution is generally taught as a doctrine
which focuses on the
assertion that certain things are true, and as such, is a mirror image to
the Creationists who apply
the same strategy.
I realize my view is a minority (perhaps of one), but it is there
nonetheless. With the way
evolution is taught, I'm hardly surprised that teachers stay away from it.
I wouldn't blame
them in the slightest.
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