Wednesday, January 19, 2005

No questions allowed

More on the topic of evolution . . . the AP reports:

Pa. Students Learn 'Intelligent Design':

High school students heard about ``intelligent design'' for the first time Tuesday in a school district that attracted national attention by requiring students to be made aware of it as an alternative to the theory of evolution.

Administrators in the Dover Area School District read a statement to three biology classes Tuesday and were expected to read it to other classes on Wednesday

Apparently, the statement is the only thing the students will hear about intelligent design:

Biology teacher Jennifer Miller said although she was able to make a smooth transition to her evolution lesson after the statement was read, some students were upset that administrators would not entertain any questions about intelligent design.

``They were told that if you have any questions, to take it home,'' Miller said.

I find it unbelievable that our teachers are not even allowed to entertain questions on alternative theories to evolution. A government that squelches dialogue and critical thinking should never be the hallmark of a democratic nation.

Update: Here's another interesting article: Board of Ed. Wants to End Social Promotion. Imagine that...forcing kids to complete all academic requirements for one grade before progressing to the next.