Hello. Reading this I have to agree that this is nuts. The “Christian” idea of “Reclaiming America for Christ” is nonsense and to have education distorted like this is dangerous. I have a question though: I understand the separation of church and state in this country and I think it’s great, but why don’t they just teach “ethics” classes in public schools, educating people about religion, ethics, etc. It’s done like that in Germany and apparently in Canada too I heard someone mention on these boards. That way they would remove this whole controversy. The religious people won’t have to be afraid that there are “no morals” in school and biology is taught next to religion, in context I mean. Or is there something in the American Constitution that would not allow this?
Unfortunately, Christians in America are a complicated bunch. It’s not just ethics they want taught. They want to ban the teaching of evolution specifically and also ban the teaching of the big bang theory and other scientific matter. They want schools to teach that the earth is 6,000 years old, and was made in a few days by God.
At the root of it all, my personal feeling is that they want to ban the teaching of science because it contradicts the Christian bible and teaches children to think critically for themselves, instead of following the bible and their parents blindly with no questions asked. I feel this approach of blind obedience raises ignorant children and puts them in danger throughout life.
American public schools have no shortage of ethics lessons, at least in my experience. My eight-year-old is given seminars and classes on friendship, being a good citizen, community outreach and charity programs, bully prevention programs, safety, racial and religious diversity, and buddy programs where they are paired up with handicapped or mentally disabled children.
I consider myself lucky to live in an area of the country where it is rare that science classes are challenged. For others with children in public school, it is a constant fight to keep the science classes up to par to prepare their children for college. I’ll fight with them when I can, and I give financial support to organizations that help to keep evolution and other critical science lessons in our schools. The decisions made by other school systems trickle down to the rest of the country, and they will make a big difference in the next generation.