Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Stick It To 'Em

Now that evangelical christians are feeling empowered, we can expect their assaults on the public education system to begin anew. Already, we hear of school boards requiring that "intelligent design" be taught alongside evolution in science classes. Oy. What next? Spontaneous generation?

It's all a bit too much for a professor of biology at Swarthmore College (aka The Kremlin on the Crum), who has devised a nifty sheet of textbook stickers based on the original disclaimer mandated by the school board of Cobb County, Georgia, in 2002, which read:
This textbook contains material on evolution. Evolution is a theory, not a fact, regarding the origin of living things. This material should be approached with an open mind, studied carefully, and critically considered.

Professor Purrington offers many great alternatives, in a handy format that can actually be printed onto a sheet of stickers. Here's my favorite:
This book mentions Creationism, New Creationism, Scientific Creationism, or Intelligent Design. All of these beliefs rely on the action of a supernatural entity to explain life on earth. Scientists rejected supernatural explanations for life in the 1800s, and still do today.

When all in life seems lost, sarcasm brings me joy.

2 Comments:

Blogger Reductio said...

Amangler,
As long as we're putting stickers on books to clarify theories, I say we cover the books with them, as there are many theories in science that are approximately as well supported by evidence as evolution is.

I am thinking of things like:

This textbook contains material on GRAVITY. GRAVITY is a theory, not a fact, regarding the attraction of bodies in space. This material should be approached with an open mind, studied carefully, and critically considered

or maybe:

This textbook contains material on the CONSERVATION OF ENERGY. CONSERVATION OF ENERGY is a theory, not a fact, regarding the nature of energy. This material should be approached with an open mind, studied carefully, and critically considered

Once you get about 30 of these on each book, the stupid evolution one won't stick out as much, and it will be clear to the students that the theories presented in the book are pretty strong, and that the fundy school boards are essentially goose-stepping morons.

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