Some times a picture is worth a 1000 words, and this seems to be one of those instances.
Fourth Grade Science Quiz
How do we keep fundamentalism from destroying our future? God help us all.
Well this came out over a year ago and its from a small private Christian school. Its stupid of course, but so is over reacting to it. No Virginia the fundamentalists are not taking over.
Ignorance has been around for ever and will be around for ever.
Whatever we react tends to reflect an issue(fear ?) we have).
I react all the time and keep having to remind myself that what I am seeing is just another mirror for me to do my internal homework.
Of course I forget most of the time and foolishly complain.
The same way we end war, corporatism, the surveillance/police state, poverty, racism and most problems that plague us today: eliminate government. In a free society without government coercion – where all human activity is completely voluntary – this kind of garbage can be taught, sure. But it isn't likely this type of education would be valued in a voluntary market system. I suspect this kind of thing is more a result of our political “culture wars” than any real demand for people to have this kind of (mis)education.
Apparently you don't have to worry about it destroying the future... it was a small christian school in South Carolina that closed due to lack of funds last year.
Even though I find this incredulous, I find religious intolerance and mocking of people's beliefs even more distasteful.
I love how that term is thrown around as if others who disagree with what is being taught don't have a FUNDAMENTAL belief in something else.
All the evidence pointing away from an old earth would be FUNDAMENTALLY discarded anyways in favor of a FUNDAMENTAL belief that the earth is billions of years old.
What if I choose #4 false because I think dinosaur did not exist sense the bible did not mention it, is that still wrong? Or I am forced to interpenetrate the bible their way?
Gregg Henriques, Ph.D., is a Professor of Psychology at James Madison University.