Saturday, August 6, 2011

Goodness Dayton, you're silly!

A push for creationism gains in Springboro

The debate over whether creationism should be taught in public school is not new, and the article above isn't particularly shocking. However, there are a few quotes in this article that struck me as...say what?

“Creationism is a significant part of the history of this country,” Kohls said. “It is an absolutely valid theory and to omit it means we are omitting part of the history of this country.”

I simply don't get this. Where is the fairytale of creationism prevalent in our nation's history? At what point is it relevant? And is Kohls suggesting that creationism be taught in an American history class? Last time I checked, history teaches documented facts, not crackpot theories.

Myers sits on the South-Western City school board in Grove City, south of Columbus and believes creation should be taught along side evolution.

“If they’re teaching the one, why not?” she said. “I just haven’t brought it up.”

Myers said she believes in creationism, rather than evolution because evolution is “based on a theory that can’t even been proven.”

One of the most frustrating things for scientists and fans of science is that so many people seem to be unaware of the differences in how the term "theory" can be used. In science, a theory is "the analysis of a set of facts in their relation to one another". The most accurate definition I can find for "theory" when used in the context of creationism is "an unproved assumption".

So yes, Ms. Myers. There is reason why one is taught and the other is not. I also can't figure out what school subject creationism could possibly be included in. I've already dismissed history as a candidate. Obviously it couldn't be included in a science class, and I suppose you could fit it into a general culture/humanities class that covered different religion beliefs, but in no way would it be reasonable to teach it alongside evolution.

One last quote:

“My input on creationism has everything with me being a parent and not a member of the Tea Party,” she [Kohls] said. “We are motivated people who want to change the course of this country. Eliminating God from our public lives I think is a mistake and is why we have gone in the direction of spending beyond our means.”

OMG WHAT? So, if we do away with the separation of church and state and reintroduce God into our public schools and government, our debt issues will go away? Is God pissed off at us and it's actually his fault that our financial status is so fucked now?

Kelly Kohls is the new definition of "facepalm".

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