Texas School Board holding public hearing on evolution

When you read this phrase, undoubtedly, like me, the first thing that comes to mind is “why would you hold a public hearing on evolution? And why would you do this in Texas of all places?”. I personally loath these joke hearings meant to ask the public what they want taught in their schools. It’s not really up to them. Strange as that may seem to some, education standards are not decided by the general public, simply because they are not educated enough to make that decision. Sure, it sounds elitist. There’s an obvious and simple explanation as to why that is. It’s meant to be elitist!

In today’s anti-intellectual society, elitism is seen by many Americans as a group of individuals who think they are better than everyone else who are interested only in themselves, and have no care for the common man. Sure, there are elitists who feel that way, but people specializing in any complex and difficult to understand field of study can often seem dehumanized by their intellectualism, but it does not make them any less human than the rest of us. The motivation of an intellectual may seem different than a laymen, but why are they the ones who are mistrusted? Is the ‘common’ man less selfish, or somehow a better human being? I refuse to believe an education somehow makes a person unconcerned and corrupt. There has been a complete erosion of trust in scientists and other well meaning intellectuals, and this has been the result of the attack by religious pundits who have a different agenda in mind. They want children to be improperly educated so as to make them more malleable and easier to manage. If a student is taught creationism is as valid as evolution, they are far less likely to question the merit of their religion. Intellectualism is untrustworthy to these people specifically because of how it makes us question values and ideas that cannot stand scrutiny.

Texas wants to play the evolution ‘debate’ game”, but what everyone seems to forget is how sad and pathetic the American education system has become with each successful attempt to undermine science. Students test so poorly that their closest counterparts live in third world nations which often lack basic educational tools. How a first world nation can do so poorly is a testament to the priorities many citizens place on science, math, and reading comprehension compared to religious indoctrination.

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    Bob

    Would you guys put up another podcast already?!

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    Rodriguez

    Wow, apparently the Texas school board has solved all the REAL problems and has nothing better to do than get some stupid PR. Way to go, how about just doing your damn jobs and making sure the IQ of the nation stops slipping a few points every year?

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    astrogal

    I was raised in Texas and was never taught creationism in school. Our first encounter with evolution that at least I remember was 8th grade, and we had an amazing teacher who was Christian, but a skeptic at the same time. She led us through all the evidence for evolution and said that it’s a theory, but a very solid theory. The fundamentalists of the class complained, so in fairness, she gave them a week to come up with an argument for intelligent design/creationism that didn’t rely on the Bible as evidence. Let’s just say it was a short presentation. ;) To make them feel slightly better, she said if they truly believe God made the universe, they should look at Genesis. It only says God made the Earth, it doesn’t say how. Therefore evolution doesn’t invalidate their beliefs.

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    ln

    These idiots just don’t seem to get it, do they? Science is not democracy! It is not subject to majority opinion, and any debate on the matter without real substantial evidence that there is a better theory than evolution is absolute stupidity.

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    ln

    @astrogal: Evolution “guided by the hand of god” is still intelligent design. Darwinian evolution is in direct conflict with their belief in a creator. The evidence biologists have found argues for a sort of “unintelligent design” and defies any notion of an intelligent designer. That’s just the way it is.

    Via Wikipedia, “A scientific theory is a well-substantiated explanation of some aspect of the natural world, based on a body of facts that have been repeatedly confirmed through observation and experiment.” The religious nuts are absolutely terrified of the fact of evolution because, if Genesis is wrong, then why wouldn’t the rest of the bible be equally invalid? That would of course undermine the core belief of their religion, that the whole bible is absolutely true and infallible.

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    Brakmeguamtat

    Nothing seems to be easier than seeing someone whom you can help but not helping.
    I suggest we start giving it a try. Give love to the ones that need it.
    God will appreciate it.

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