Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Teach the controversy

Often times you'll hear a creationist saying that schools should 'teach the controversy'. That schools should teach evolution and creationism... Side by side... As equals, and then let the kids decide. I'm all for letting kids decide what makes more sense to them. But 'teaching the controversy' is just a
really bad idea.

When it comes to health class, should we be using tax money to give equal time to sexual reproduction, and the stork theory of reproduction? After all, some people may find sex 'yucky' and like the cute idea of a bird that delivers babies to new mommies and daddies.

Perhaps we should also teach the controversy in health class when discussing sickness as well. Do you think it's a good idea to teach the germ theory of sickness alongside the demon theory of sickness? What it the germs really are tiny little demons! *gasp*

What about death vs reincarnation?

How about chemistry? Should we only teach the periodic table of elements as the elements that everything is made of? Or should we also teach that the only elements are earth, wind, fire and water just like in the days of old? Also, what about poor old alchemy?

The pyramids are amazing structures. But should we only teach that they were amazing engineering feats of less advanced civilizations, or should we also teach that aliens are the ones that actually built them?

When it comes to astronomy, should we only teach that the Earth orbits the Sun? Or should we give equal time to the competitors that say that the Sun orbits the Earth, or that the Earth is a flat disc that sits atop giant elephants, which stand atop a giant turtle? Then there's that whole round or flat Earth issue, not to mention whether astrology should be taught to contrast astronomy.

What about the Holocaust? Perhaps we should teach that it did happen, and also that it didn't. After all, there are those that are adamant that it was all made up. The same goes for the Moon landings.

I could keep going on, but I'm sure you get the point by now. You may even be saying that it would be ridiculous to teach those alternate 'explanations'. And you would be very right indeed. But the reason it would be a joke to teach the alternates, is the very same reason it would be folly to teach creationism (of any stripe) alongside of evolution. And that's the fact that while the mainstream theories are supported by evidence, all of the proposed alternatives no not.

There is just as much evidence that life was created by a deity, as there is to show there is a china tea pot in orbit between Mars and Earth. That is to say, none.

You see, that is why evolution is taught as fact, and creationism isn't taught at all. Evolution has all the evidence in it's favor. An overwhelming mass of evidence in fact. Creationism... none, natta, zilch, zero.

 In schools we strive to teach the truth as best as we can see it. Reality thus far has told us that evolution happened. When creationism has some evidence on it's side, try again. But until then schools can not 'teach the controversy' because there is no controversy to teach. Just the evidenced truth vs and old fairytale. Which one should win sounds like a no-brainer to me.

-Brain Hulk

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