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Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Well, I just picked up the morning news and read a headline: "Bush: Schools Should Teach Intelligent Design". Of course, the implication here is that the President insists on a single view, intelligent design, over the prevailing scientific view, evolution. At least, that's how I and a co-worker read it.

However, if one digs deeper into the story, one sees that the President is actually advocating the teaching of multiple schools of thought. Bush argues that "people ought to be exposed to different ideas." The headline could have just as easily read: "Bush: Students Should Hear Both Sides of the Origin of Life Debate".

But that wouldn't sell as many papers, now would it?

UPDATE: (Cross-posted in Michael Silence's comments.)

"I think that part of education is to expose people to different schools of thought, and I'm not suggesting -- you're asking me whether or not people ought to be exposed to different ideas, and the answer is yes."

All Bush said was that he wanted to encourage divergent ideas to be taught. I still don't see why there is an uproar about this. Similarly, I didn't see why there was an uproar when evolution was being taught in school. Teach both. Let the plebes decide what they believe.

An aside: let this be a lesson to you. Don't rely on the schools to teach your kids the things you want them to know. Take that responsibility yourself.


.: posted by Dave 8:54 AM

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