Re: Creationists win the schools in New Mexico

Bryant (
28 Aug 1996 06:59:59 -0600

In article <4vtf7i$>,
Christopher C. Wood <> wrote:

>It was an 8 to 5 vote of the New Mexico State Board of Education,
>which rejected a move to specify the teaching of evolution in the
>guidelines it sets for the state's public schools, in meetings on
>August 20 and 21, 1996. Says the Sante Fe New Mexican.
>So this does not directly call for the teaching of creationism, it
>simply removes "evolution" from the concepts that are to be covered in
>biology courses in New Mexico. At least, that's the way I read the

That's correct. Thanks for the clarification. I did correct my
angry announcement a few days ago, but wasn't sure everybody got it.

I over-reacted intially, but do object to the removal of a requirement to
teach our kids the central organizing principle of biology.

Just seems to me that we should teach the state of the science as seen by its
practicioners, rather than allowing ignorant teachers to editorialize instead
of teach. It's like letting Buddhists teach their "version" of physics
for the sake of "fairness"... what's fair about misinforming children?