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Sunday, March 22, 2009

Secretary of Education is dogmatic Darwinist

A news article says,

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Friday he wants to launch a "new era" of science education in the United States, one that encourages students to ask tough, challenging questions and brings more specially trained science and math teachers into the classroom.

Duncan told the National Science Teachers Association during a visit to New Orleans that President Barack Obama sees a need for inventors and engineers along with poets and scholars and "will not allow scientific research to be held hostage to a political agenda."

"Whether it's global warming, evolution or stem cell research, science will be honored. It will be respected and supported by this administration," he said.

Of the three items mentioned -- global warming, evolution, and stem cell research -- only with stem cell research is none of the dissent on scientific grounds and all of the dissent strictly on ideological grounds.

Anyway, evolution-education policies are decided at the state and local level, so I don't see how the US Dept. of Education is going to "honor" evolution.



Blogger Jim Sherwood said...

Bush's "science advisor" was also a clueless, dogmatic Darwinist.

These old-fashioned characters still occupy influential positions in the "establishment." So it's certain that the controversy is going to intensify for many years, and perhaps for decades.

Sunday, March 22, 2009 1:31:00 PM  
Blogger Larry Fafarman said...

But Bush was in favor of teaching the controversy.

Sunday, March 22, 2009 1:46:00 PM  
Blogger Jim Sherwood said...

Bush was at least more favorable to intelligent design and to teaching the controversy than is Obama, who seems to be totally uniformed about the issues involved, and to follow a conventional Darwinism-is-the -dogma line. (BTW, I greatly prefer Obama to Bush, on most matters. But not on this one.)

But Bush did nothing important to actually further teaching the controversy. And he appointed Judge John E. Jones, who attends the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; whose theologically-very-liberal preachers are mostly believers in Darwinism.

ELCA has been losing membership for decades. So have other pro-Darwinist denominations, including Obama's denomination, and the Episcopal Church in America. Meanwhile, fundamentalist denominations are rapidly growing.

The fundamentalists and creationists probably should thank the Darwin-dogma types, and especially the Darwin-dogma preachers, for helping their cause.

Monday, March 23, 2009 11:32:00 AM  

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