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Lesson Plans


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Lawrence A. Parker/OCCTI (occti)
Sat, 14 Aug 1999 15:42:00 -0400

> It was obvious to me as a child growing up in the public school system
> that only the sciences had a censoring mentality when it came to

I think it's wrong to say that 'the sciences' had a censoring mentality
(since we can only ascribe mentality to (thinking) humans. Those involved
in 'the sciences' had and have (and this has been violated, I won't deny, by
individuals) been charged with the responsibility of discovering what can be
known about the world we live in. In doing so, they had to create a system
of verifiability, a self-checking system. This has been most often referred
to as "The Scientific Method": Looking at and validating the presented,
observed or reported facts; checking implicit assumptions for accuracy and
relevance; proposing a theory which best describes the given phenomenon;
testing the theory; modifying it if necessary, and then starting the whole
process over again.

On the contrary, religious institutions (and many of its members) do not do
this. This is the whole basis of belief through faith, rather than through
rigorous examination.

What might be some of the consequences otherwise? Rather than develop
theories of mind and therapies for healing them, we might just lock people
away, or kill them outright, because they are possessed by the devil.

Rather than studying the human body and developing theories of health and
therapies for promoting it, we might just let those who are sick or injured
simply die because that is God's will.

Rather than looking beyond our own world, discovering the worlds and stars
which surround us and daring to explore them, we might sit still on our
haunches looking up at the lanterns hung in the fabric of the sky. It is
the credo of 'the sciences' to challenge the world, to open it for
examination so that we may better understand it. Few religious institutions
will do this.

> it is the individual that decides what to believe.

I couldn't agree with you more, and as Educators it is our responsibility to
ensure that every individual be exposed to as much knowledge and information
as is possible, including theories so long as we present all theories.

But to censor knowledge is the most dangerous thing we can tamper with.


> Perhaps our tests could determine the students ability to reason,compare
> discuss ,better utilizing critical thinking skills, in the future.