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Lincoln Arts wrote:
> I certainly don't want to get into a philosophical (sp?) discussion of
> religion on this site (those discussions haven't always gone over too well
> on this site in the past).
> However, .... Hasn't the Kansas state school board determined that state
> tests will not have science questions that allude to/cover evolution in any
> way? And if that is true, doesn't this mean that most districts won't have
> it taught in the classroom because they'll want teachers to concentrate on
> teaching what WILL be on the tests?
> Just curious,
> >----- Original Message -----
> >From: Lawrence A. Parker/OCCTI <occti>
> >To: OPEN <open>; <wduncan>
> >Sent: Friday, August 13, 1999 8:37 AM
> >Subject: creationism vs. evolutionism
> >> > > Didn't Kansas just OK teaching creationism and not mentioning
> >> >
> >> > Yes, Sorry to admit it but our state school board is in the dark ages.
> >> What
> >> > they really did was say each district can do with the issue as they
> >> please.
> >> > That's not leadership, but that's what happens anyway. We spend lots of
> >> hours (I
> >> > did) writing standards. And then we go back to our classrooms and do
> >> own
> >> > thing anyway.
> >> Apart from my opinion that the teaching of creationism should be left to
> >> church and that a teaching of creationism to the exclusion of evolutionary
> >> theory in the schools shudders of church control of public schools
> >> (parochial schools are, of course, another matter), perhaps teachers
> >> so far as they are able, teach or present both. They are both, after all,
> >> only theories, and both most likely have as many adherents who claim that
> >> theirs is the 'truth'. Scientific stellar theory, for example, can only
> >> account for the creation of the universe back to within something like
> >> 1/200th of second AFTER the 'beginning'. What happened before that they
> >> not at this time know, but at least they can present evidence and data for
> >> everything up to that point.
> >> So, present both as theories, then examine them according to the same
> >> upon standards/criteria - evidence, consistency, integrity,
> >> rationality, etc.
> >> To make clear my own position, although I was raised Methodist and am in
> >> fact married to an ecumenical church organist, I am religiously an atheist
> >> and philosophically an agnostic. By this I mean that religious belief is
> >> just that - a belief. It depends on how you answer the question, "Do you
> >> *believe* that there is a God or gods?" This is not a question of
> >> ("Do you *know* that there is a God or gods?"). Philosophically, I admit
> >> lack of knowledge in either direction. Gnosticism was an early form of
> >> religious belief based on an experience by the individual of God's
> >> upon which someone based their belief in the implied 'fact'. I have never
> >> experienced anything which would lead me to believe that there is a
> >> being or beings'. Thus, I am A-gnostic.
> >> Interestingly, as science has delved deeper and deeper into the fabric of
> >> the universe through quantum studies, it has become clearer and clearer
> >> the deeper we look, everything is the same at the most sublime level. A
> >> point the Taoist have maintained since the writings of Lao-tse nearly
> >> years ago. Everything else is created from this fabric by our perceiving
> >> minds (like waves in an ocean by the effects of wind and gravity) and is
> >> a sense, when compared with the nature of the pervasive ocean, illusion.
> >> Or, Maya, as the Hindus have referred to it.
> >> I leave it to you teachers to consider these things and then do your own
> >> thing, but be sure that you are being fair to the children.
> >> Larry Parker
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