Monday, March 28, 2011

Teacher Who Mentioned Creationism in Classroom gets Reprimand

A Chicago area teacher who mentioned creationism in Classroom found out his punishment, he will receive a Resolution of Reprimand which will haunt him the rest of his teaching career. It will make it difficult to get another teaching job if he chooses to look for one. Hemant Mehta, Chicago Coalition of Reason and author of the blog Friendly Atheist said about this "the courts have ruled against teaching Creationism. But that’s not the reason it shouldn’t be taught in Science class. Creationism should be left out of the curriculum because it’s not really science; it’s religion, pure and simple." I totally disagree with this statement and suggest the exact opposite is in fact the truth. That creationism is science and The Theory of Evolution is a religion in and of itself. Charles Darwin said " I was a young man with unformed ideas. I threw our queries, suggestions, wondering all the time over everything; and to my astonishment the ideas took like wildfire. People made a religion of them." I suggest it takes much more faith to believe we all came from some primordial soup, which came from a big bang billions of years ago, then eventually turned into monkeys, then eventually turned into humans, than it does to simply believe in creationism. School Superintendent Prentiss Lea said "The issue at hand is not, and I repeat not, whether referencing or teaching creationism in our science classes is acceptable and appropriate. It is not. The United States Supreme Court and several other federal court decisions have found that creationism may not be referenced or taught in public school science classrooms. Regardless of our professional or personal opinions, there is no gray area in these court cases, and D128 must and will, live within the boundaries of the court rulings.

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