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Wednesday, December 21, 2005

The Triumph of Reason

All too often we hear stories of hatred, misplaced faith, or stupidity reigning over rational thought. Sometimes it even seems that the human brain has been put on hold.

But once in a while, reason wins out.

Yesterday was one of those days, when U.S. District Judge John Jones barred the teaching of "intelligent design" in public schools.

Although temptation is knocking at my door, I will not write at length about this--my previous posts on the subject give you some of my thoughts and I really do not like to repeat myself. Or reiterate a point. It's not good to echo my previous comments. You know, to say the same thing again and again ...

Let me just quote a few of the judge's statements, which capture the essence of the issue.

In his long opinion, Jones ruled that "it is unconstitutional to teach intelligent design as an alternative to evolution in a public school classroom."

He blasted the "breathtaking inanity" of the school board's policy of including "intelligent design."

"Any asserted secular purposes by the board are a sham and are merely secondary to a religious objective," Jones wrote.

The students and teachers of Dover High School, according to Jones, "deserved better than to be dragged into this legal maelstrom with its resulting utter waste of monetary and personal resources."

Amen.

And just in case I do not get a chance to post before Sunday's holiday, let me offer my best wishes to everyone for a very happy holiday season, however it is you choose to celebrate.

10 Comments:

At December 21, 2005 12:11 PM, Blogger Laurie replied to my musings ...

I agree. Amen. :-)

Happy holidays, David!

 
At December 21, 2005 2:30 PM, Blogger BuffyICS replied to my musings ...

I think the school district voted out all the pro I.D. board members as well. The best thing to come out of all this I.D. debate, however, is Flying Spaghetti Monsterism.

 
At December 21, 2005 7:16 PM, Blogger The 502 replied to my musings ...

Well said!

Remember, most of the country lives in a constant, irrational state. When you hear about rationality being put on hold, know it is because people don't know any better.

Enjoy the Winter Solstice and any of its variations.

 
At December 21, 2005 8:52 PM, Blogger wydren replied to my musings ...

I just watched the Penn & Teller: Bullshit episode on Creationism. It's very well thought out and funny. Check it out if you get a chance. It relates directly to this.

 
At December 21, 2005 11:08 PM, Blogger cube replied to my musings ...

There isn't enough science being taught in science class as it is without adding this philosophical brouhaha to the mix.

 
At December 22, 2005 2:47 AM, Blogger Ben Heller replied to my musings ...

Thanks for enlightening me David. I didn't know that Religious education formed part of the Biology curriculum.

Whatever next ? Will it seep into History lessons, or even Geography ? I sometimes wonder if parents really know what their kids are being taught.

Seasons Greetings, and I wish you and your family a happy and healthy 2006

Ben

 
At December 22, 2005 4:52 AM, Blogger DIVYANG replied to my musings ...

Nice thing it would be if the most developed country in the world start teaching their children "intelligent design".As it is your education system is being asked a few questions.All surveys point to the fact that in general Americans are being defeated in the areas of Math and Science by their foreign counterparts.If Charles Darwin's Theory is true(which it of course is, but we like to keep our minds open,don't we?) God Doesn't exist which of course was not liked by certain people including the tele-priest who publicly called for the assasination of Venezuelan President Chavez.This is the sort of religion practised by these men of faith.Pooh.
Anyways,Happy Holidays everybody!

 
At December 22, 2005 11:00 AM, Blogger Perplexio replied to my musings ...

I think Intelligent Design should be taught in public school-- just not in a science classes. I think Philosophy should be returned to the cirriculum and Intelligent Design should be part of the cirriculum of a philosophy course.

 
At December 22, 2005 12:21 PM, Blogger The Phoenix replied to my musings ...

I think people who think we should teach intelligent design or philosophy don't realize what kind of position that would put teachers, principals, and school boards in.

Such areas of study are extremely personal, controversial, and often can divide people. Why do that? Why not leave that stuff to parents? Are parents now being excluded from teaching their kids, morals, ethics, religious beliefs, etc.? Leave it to the home for that stuff.

Let's focus on something more important and less subjective - like improving math, science, and writing skills. Gee...how about that?

The Phoenix...an ex-teacher

 
At December 23, 2005 10:42 AM, Blogger Perplexio replied to my musings ...

Philosophy isn't a study of what people believe so much as the thought processes people have and the paths they take to come to the beliefs they have.

I'm not suggeesting Philosophy be a required course-- I just think it would be nice to offer the course as an elective that high school students COULD take, if they so chose-- like an AP Philosophy course that would allow students to test out of and forego the need to take such courses in college so they could instead focus on courses in their major at that point.

 

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