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Time Magazine claim: Voucher schools teach kids to mistrust science

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File:Glazed-Donut.jpg Further to “Entomologist surprised his name is included in a retracted anti-Darwin paper (but surely he also wouldn’t want his name appearing on a pro-Darwin paper at present? That’s like just so not keeping up with the news … ): Time Magazine has published a screed that should warm the cockles of the hearts of unionbots everywhere: “Creationism in Schools – On the Taxpayer’s Dime”:

According to Politico, 14 states will spend a collective $1 billion in 2014 on vouchers for private and religious schools that teach kids to mistrust not only the science of evolution, but also cosmology, geology, biology and even math. Twelve other states—including bright blue New York—are considering following their lead.

Occasionally the programs don’t just “teach the controversy,” as their backers like to say, but something darker. Evolution, according to one set of texts, is a “wicked and vain philosophy.” Children are taught to “discuss the importance of a right view of evolution,” a view that does not—no surprise—include an enthusiastic embrace of Darwin.

Note the sly adjective “occasionally.” In short, science writer Jeffrey Kluger didn’t find much, but never think that’d stop him from claiming that “14 states will spend a collective $1 billion in 2014 on vouchers for private and religious schools that teach kids to mistrust not only the science of evolution, but also cosmology, geology, biology and even math.”

Remember the youth slogans of old: Question everything? No more. Now the cry is: Believe anything if a PhD somewhere does.

Kids: Heads up! Disbelieve whatever Jeffrey Kluger tells you. Find other sources instead.

This is a guy who conflates a few schools doing something that he disapproves of (and maybe you and we would too) to the whole whack. If your science education is teaching you to think like Jeffrey Kluger wants, that’s one problem right there. We can wrap it.

Note, we only said “one problem.” The mediocrity swamping education across the United States is no more the fault, exclusively, of Darwin’s defenders than it is of his opponents. The system itself is obsolete. Many kids would learn far more on their own; it’s just we don’t want them learning even half of that. But a school should do more than just slow a kid down at learning stuff that isn’t good for him by wasting his time. – O’Leary for News

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8 Replies to “Time Magazine claim: Voucher schools teach kids to mistrust science

  1. 1
    bornagain77 says:

    “Evolution is the only ‘scientific theory’ that needs laws to protect it!”
    Author Unknown

    On the Fundamental Difference Between Darwin-Inspired and Intelligent Design-Inspired Lawsuits – September 2011
    Excerpt: *Darwin lobby litigation: In every Darwin-inspired case listed above, the Darwin lobby sought to shut down free speech, stopping people from talking about non-evolutionary views, and seeking to restrict freedom of intellectual inquiry.
    *ID movement litigation: Seeks to expand intellectual inquiry and free speech rights to talk about non-evolutionary views.
    http://www.evolutionnews.org/2.....50451.html

    ‘If there be time to expose through discussion the falsehood and fallacies, to avert the evil by the processes of education, the remedy to be applied is more speech, not enforced silence.’ –
    Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis – 1927

    Wolf-Ekkehard Lönnig: Complex systems in biology overwhelmingly point to an intelligent origin of living beings – Mar 22, 2014
    Excerpt: the idea of slow evolution by “infinitesimally small inherited variations” etc. has been falsified by the findings of palaeontology (abrupt appearance of the Baupläne) as well genetics (origin of DNA and complex genetic information). Yet its adherents principally reject any scientific proof against Neo-Darwinism, so that, in fact, their theory has become a non-falsifiable world-view, to which people stick in spite of all contrary evidence. Their main reason: Without Darwinism, philosophic materialism has lost its battle against an intelligent origin of the world.“
    ,,, “As I myself had to experience [that] (see book on the “Max-Planck-Affair” mentioned above). Since Darwinism is unable to answer almost all of the most important questions on the origin of species, its only option is suppression of scientifically valid criticism. What else can they do under these circumstances?“
    http://dippost.com/2014/03/22/.....ng-beings/

    “nobody to date has yet found a demarcation criterion according to which Darwin(ism) can be described as scientific” –
    Imre Lakatos (November 9, 1922 – February 2, 1974) a philosopher of mathematics and science, quote was as stated in 1973 LSE Scientific Method Lecture

    Here are several examples of atheists themselves violating the establishment clause of the first amendment by openly proselytizing their own atheistic religion in the classroom:

    “Proselytizing for Darwin’s God in the Classroom” (from 2008): John G. West – video
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEajEwzYwHg

    Intelligent Design’s Implications Don’t Discredit Its Scientific Merit: Opposing Views, Part 3 – (Several Quotes from secular humanists (atheists) who support Darwinism) – podcast
    http://intelligentdesign.podom.....2_26-08_00

    Darwin’s Frog Defies Evolution – July 5, 2013
    Excerpt: Lynn Margulis in an interview with Mazur pronounced,
    “neo-Darwinists are a… religious sect within the sprawling religious persuasion of Anglo-Saxon Biology.”
    http://www.darwinthenandnow.co.....evolution/

    Verse and Music:

    2 Peter 1:16
    For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.

    evanescence – lies
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XxHP9-fEuRk

  2. 2
    Mung says:

    I suppose that as bad or worse than teaching kids to distrust the government.

  3. 3
    Robert Byers says:

    Teaching kids to mistrust authority, not deny it outright, was the mantra of the ’60.s.
    So I guess in so many ways creationists are the products of our hippy forbears!!
    Don’t trust anybody, or origin subject, over 30! Man!
    In reality its a mistrust of a few conclusions in a few subjects touching on origin issues.
    Its not mistrusting the science behind how TIME magazine hires writers!
    ITS TIME for Time to accept its TIME is over as a insightful commentary on anything.

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    Mapou says:

    Time magazine is delirious. As with any other authority, everything about science must be questioned. The worst thing one can do is trust science. To be skeptical about science is to love science. Trusting science is akin to superstition.

  5. 5
    Querius says:

    Nice one, Mapou!

    -Q

  6. 6
    Upright BiPed says:

    I asked a question on the Politico site that spawned this article:

    I’ve searched and searched and searched for the science textbook that calls evolution a “a wicked and vain philosophy” but I cannot find it. I want to see the context of the comment because I find it disconcerting, but Politico did not cite the publisher and neither has anyone else (even though they cite the Politco story). After 35+ years in the major media, I have come to understand that journalistic integrity is simply a thing of the past.

    Does anyone know the publisher? I want to check its distribution level.

    They apparently did not care for my comment. It has been removed.

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    CandiceC says:

    I honestly do not think that it is a right thing to do. But again, I understand that we live in a democratic country where people are allowed to have their personal opinions. I just wonder how they explain certain things which I can only explain with a help of science. It does just seem quite weird to me. I hope that a practice of teaching kids to not trust science won’t spread too far. I do believe in researches and experiments (turn to services which does in-depth research to write an academic level college papers online), this is how things are discovered…

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    Deanrice45 says:

    The issue with showing kids like this—separated from the way that its just mistaken is that it excludes them from full cooperation in the bigger world. It’s terribly tricky to be a piece of the worldwide discussion about the Big Bang achievements.
    https://reviews.clazwork.com/

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