Does that mean I also get to teach about Ancient Astronauts, Alien Overlords, the Expanding Earth, Scientology, and whatever those people who believe in lizard people prescribe to?
Because that would be hilarious.
Scientology is a religion - certainly it qualifies to be taught. The rest are opinions, just as creationism is, without supporting evidence so perhaps they qualify as well.
Will you also teach about Thor, Zeus and the rest of the gods? And not as mythology, either, but as fact or at least acceptable theory? In particular, will you teach the FSM as creator of all?
Personally, we're getting "creationism" confused with particular teachings. Even Stephen Hawking, who had been a staunch Atheist during most of his time at Cambridge has moved to Agnosticism (which I mostly consider myself to be.)
Quite frankly, I believe in evolution, but I'm not convinced as to how current science explains "origin of life." While science may yet provide an answer that appeases me one day, I believe that there is room under current factual models for intelligent design. Likewise, I'm not convinced there is an intelligent designer either, but based on actual facts than can be logically deduced, and not eliminated to mathematical probability (which is listed as 1/10^50) then it is entirely possible. I don't mind the teaching of "creationism" so long as it's not religious. If they do take the religion route, than by all means, teach about the titans birthing Zeus, and his sister-wife protruding from his forehead and the like, or maybe the sacred feminine. My favourite creation myths are the Shinto ones. I'd love to see that taught in class as valid theory in North America.
Oh and it is possible to make this work. My Biology Class was really small, so in an effort to get the religious guys to get all their venting and comments out at the beginning, my science teacher spent the first day on evolution by dividing the class in two and having them debate the merits of evolution vs creation (which are actually not in conflict, origin of life is the conflict - not evolution). The thing is - she decided who was on what side, so some atheists had to defend creationism, while some Christians and Muslims had to defend evolution. It was actually pretty fun.
That would be fun, as well as a terrific mind stretcher and an introduction to the vagaries of debate. Not only will you learn that the "other side" has points to make, but you will also learn to leave out valid points in your own debate and, more importantly, to look for such things from your debate opponent.
Probably not. I'd say they can go ahead and teach creationism if it's presented as what it is, a creation myth story. It doesn't belong with science.
Personally, I vote for the religious explanation of Atum... who basically masturbated mankind into existance.
I'll be youtubing that classroom lecture btw.
For the first time I think I'm glad I will no longer be found learning in a school. I've always enjoyed learning, but Atum, well....
One of my children did the "How do you think we got here, Mom?" thing with me. I told him that I wasn't there (contrary to popular belief) and I wasn't sure. I told him to go find a theory he liked and run with it... 500 words or more.
And thus I learned about Atum... and several other pretty odd ones too.
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