The Brunswick County school board has promoted the idea to include teaching creationism along side evolution in their public school science classes.
“It’s really a disgrace for the state school board to impose evolution on our students without teaching creationism,” county school board member Jimmy Hobbs said at Tuesday’s meeting. “The law says we can’t have Bibles in schools, but we can have evolution, of the atheists.” Star News Online
One of the board members spoke and even offered to teach creationism in the county. After the speech the audience applauded him with excitement. However, the state got wind of the idea, and said it would only follow government standard guidelines (teaching evolution only) which doesn’t include creationism.
“While evolution is a course of study that must be taught in public schools, based on national standards, creationism is not, Dunlap said. Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender counties all follow the evolution curriculum.” Star News Online
In other words, Dunlap is claiming it would take away from a student’s education if creationism was added because they wouldn’t be tested by government about it. Rather Dunlap suggests, the public schools should focus on what the government dictates they should follow.
I can understand Brunswick County school board’s frustration about evolution being taught not just as a theory but fact. But a school board needs more leverage which includes help from lawmakers and in some cases the courts in order to teach critical thinking about evolution or teaching creationism in general.
The sad part is, the children are not being exposed to other side of evolution where many problems exist with the hypothesis even coming from evolutionists themselves who express the problems as I have covered some of it in this blog. I believe students can learn about these things as well and still do a great job on the government’s national test. Even if they don’t believe in evolution as factual.
So the state should not listen to special interest groups who give them money, and listen more to the people, and teach students a better education.