Katherine - posted on 03/23/2011 ( 86 moms have responded )
Illinois parents are enraged over 11th grade science teacher, Beau Schaefer’s incorporation of creationism into his science lessons, and some are calling for his dismissal. Schaefer openly admits he did indeed teach creationism alongside evolution.
Last night, the school board called a meeting and parents on both sides of the issue spoke. The superintendent made it clear that there is no black or white area in his opinion, saying that the Supreme Court has already decided that teaching creationism is not allowed in public schools.
But I tend to agree with the parents who supported Schaefer.
His students are 16 years old and at an age where they can, and should be learning everything possible about various views so they can take them in and decide for themselves what they believe to be true. Students say that the teacher only tested on evolution but spoke about creationism. With no grades attached to his lessons, I don’t see why this is being made such a large issue. Of course, an atheiest activist is saying that he gave quizzes that pushed students to believe that creationism was science.
As a parent, I want my kids to learn all they can about everything. There are no theories I want them shielded from by the time they are in their late teen years, educationally speaking. To deny them learning about a very basic view that many people have seems absurd. In fact, it is the opposite of what an education should be. To me, an education should present a person with knowledge and views of all kinds. Then and only then can anyone deicide what they believe. An education should not produce mindless drones with the same beliefs.
I think what Schaefer did would only open up a dialogue for kids to discuss and debate. After all, these are kids are only a couple of years away from college age.
The school board said they were not calling for Schaefer’s dismissal but they were planning on taking steps to ensure that he would never teach any part of creationism again. The superintendent did not comment on what exact action would yet be taken.
Would you object to your child learning about creationism? At some point in their lives, won’t they learn about it anyway?