Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Florida is on my list of places to avoid...

According to Florida Citizens for Science the Taylor County School Board has decided that evolution should not be taught as a fact and instead should be taught alongside other theories of evolution.

What other theories? I assume they mean Creationism or Intelligent Design, both of which ARE NOT scientific theories.

The board's meeting minutes included the following: "we are requesting that the State Board of Education direct the Florida Department of Education to revise/edit the new Sunshine State Standards for Science so that evolution is presented as one of several theories as to how the universe was formed."

Since when does evolution seek to explain the formation of the universe? Last I checked it had to do with genetic changes in populations of organisms on EARTH. These people have absolutely no idea what science is, how it is carried out or what it explains. They don't even appear to understand what evolution is.

I'm so irked that this is happening. Sure, question evolution. Sure, go out there and do research and learn and try to refute evolution. But do it scientifically, not politically. Stop making decisions without the correct information. Stop taking a stand on something while blatantly demonstrating that you've put no effort into understanding it. Stop making our country look stupid, lazy, ignorant and irrational.

(Hat-tip to Pharyngula)

2 comments:

Zach Miller said...

You know, it strikes me that our next president could just put an end to this whole bamboozle once and for all by influencing science policies in schools and focusing on a better public understanding of science in general.
Unfortunately, even the democratic candidates, in an attempt to appeal to the blood-red republican states, are evoking God more and more, and it worries me to no end.

Anonymous said...

http://blog.wired.com/wiredscience/2008/01/blind-fish-lear.html
evolutionary amazingness.