by Terry Gresham
In considering Tennessee Passes ‘Monkey Bill’ To Teach The ‘Controversy’ On Evolution And Climate Science I have been thinking.
“The Senate voted 24-8 for HB368, which sponsor Sen. Bo Watson, R-Hixson, says will provide guidelines for teachers answering students’ questions about evolution, global warming and other scientific subjects. Critics call it a “monkey bill” that promotes creationism in classrooms….The text of HB368 / SB893, sponsored by Rep. Bill Dunn (R-Knoxville) and Sen. Bo Watson (R-Hixson), requires all administrators and educators to work to teach “scientific subjects” such as “biological evolution, the chemical origins of life, global warming, and human cloning” as “scientific controversies“
Even before reading about our fine legislator friends in Tennessee, I had begun to move forward on an assessment concerning lawmakers in Oklahoma. Sally Kern being on both the Appropriations & Budget and the Common Education committees has set me to thinking. Oh…and with Mary Fallin as Governor, what a team; so, please, Tennessee, do not give them any ideas.
Some Things in Life Improve with Age
I would like to keep highlighting the fluid nature of science in Oklahoma; that is that it is not set in stone. At one time– in my lifetime–DNA was thought to be the first in order of stuff making life stuff, and ontogeny recapitulating phylogeny was thought to be a fact. Now we know that stuff is not so. In an undergrad class at OSU my classmates and I, on more than one occasion, had to cross out sentences then scribble in somewhere fresh from the lab info; this make our brand spanking new cellular biology text books more up to date. These now useless statements about cells were no longer true due to research done at OSU that very same semester; this I thought made our textbooks better and made me feel like a real book editor. As things turned out, my cell biology book was not holy scripture and I enjoyed correcting it.
“I have found bleeding to be useful, not only in cases where the pulse was full and quick, but where it was slow and tense. I have bled twice in many, and in one acute case four times, with the happiest effect. I consider intrepidity in the use of the lancet, at present, to be necessary, as it is in the use of mercury and jalap, in this insidious and ferocious disease.”
Keeping Score: Science fluid vs Religion set in concrete
I was one of those lucky enough to have Sally Kern as a “teacher.” She was a horrible teacher who sought nothing but fulfilling the minimum requirements. Her students didn’t study because she could neither challenge or inspire them. Also she rarely knew her topic any better than her “ignorant” students. — OSUscoutname
Intelligent Design and Evolution Kahn Academy