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    War on evolution has a price

    http://www.twincities.com/mld/twinci...l/15663038.htm

    QUOTE]War on evolution has a price
    Paul Hanle

    WASHINGTON

    I recently ad-dressed a group of French engineering graduate students who were visiting Washington from the prestigious School of Mines in Paris. After encouraging them to teach biotechnology in French high schools, I expected the standard queries on teaching methods or training. Instead, a bright young student asked bluntly: "How can you teach biotechnology in this country when you don't even accept evolution?"

    I wanted to disagree, but the kid had a point. Proponents of "intelligent design" in the United States are waging a war against teaching science as scientists understand it. Over the past year alone, efforts to incorporate creationist language or undermine evolution in science classrooms at public schools have emerged in at least 15 states, according to the National Center for Science Education. And an independent education foundation has concluded that science-teaching standards in 10 states fail to address evolution in a scientifically sound way. Through changes in standards and curriculum, these efforts urge students to doubt evolution — the cornerstone principle of biology, one on which there is no serious scientific debate.

    This war could decimate the development of U.S. scientific talent and erode whatever competitive advantage the United States enjoys in the technology-based global economy. Already, U.S. high school students lag near the bottom in math skills compared with students in other developed nations, and high school seniors are performing worse in science than they were 10 years ago.

    These trends can only worsen if students come to regard evolution as questionable or controversial. Thirty-seven percent of the high school Advanced Placement biology examination tests knowledge of evolution, evolutionary biology and heredity, according to the College Board. Students who do not thoroughly understand evolution cannot hope to succeed on this exam; they will be handicapped in competitive science courses in college and the careers that may follow.

    Byteachingintelligentdesignor other variants of creationism in science classes at public schools — or by undercutting the credibility of evolution — we are greatly diminishing our chances for future scientific breakthroughs and technological innovations, and are endangering our health, safety and economic well-being as individuals and as a nation.

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    Paul Hanle is president of the Biotechnology Institute. He wrote this piece for the Washington Post.
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    Inherit The Wind

    Last night I watched an old tape of a movie I have. The movie is called INHERIT THE WIND. The movie is all about the famous Scopes Monkey Trial of the 1920's. The trial was as many of you know, about the right to teach Darwin's theory of evolution in the schoolroom. If anyone has not seen the film or hasn't for some time, I recommend seeing it.
    Last edited by eagle18; 4 Oct 2006, 2:15 AM.

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      #3
      i dont remember a law that says evolution is banned.

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        #4
        Originally posted by DA
        i dont remember a law that says evolution is banned.
        Just school boards that rule that evolution is an unproven theory and that intelligent design should be taught alongside evolution to school children.

        Wise.

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          #5
          The problem is not so much that evolutionary principals are not being taught. I think that the problem is that intellient design is being taught as if it is science.

          As a tay payer, I don't want my tax dollars going to teaching students religion. Creationist perspectives have a place...Sunday School.

          And if the school boards insist that a class in "religions" should be part of the cirriculum, then every religious perspective should be represented, included Muslim, Jewish...etc. But it should NOT come under the title of science class.
          Eric Texley

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            #6
            a lot of things are not being taught or wrong information taught, whats new?
            everyone dont need to be everything. how many ppl use evolution in everyday life?

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              #7
              Originally posted by DA
              a lot of things are not being taught or wrong information taught, whats new?
              everyone dont need to be everything. how many ppl use evolution in everyday life?
              You use English everyday and have yet to master that. Come on, DA, don't tear down the importance of knowledge.

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                #8
                Originally posted by Le Type Français
                You use English everyday and have yet to master that. Come on, DA, don't tear down the importance of knowledge.
                you use math everyday, and you couldnt out score me.

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                  #9
                  lets do something real simple.
                  how about giving the anti-derivative of this number 724.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by DA
                    a lot of things are not being taught or wrong information taught, whats new?
                    everyone dont need to be everything. how many ppl use evolution in everyday life?

                    How many people use evolution in everyday life?


                    Priceless!
                    Last edited by eagle18; 4 Oct 2006, 12:38 PM.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by DA
                      you use math everyday, and you couldnt out score me.
                      In my last year of formal schooling (Freshman in high school), I was awarded the medal for having the highest average in Algebra. Unfortunately, I haven't studied Mathematics in almost nine years so it would not surprise me if one who studies or uses it often can outdo me. You either use it or lose it.

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                        #12
                        Originally posted by DA
                        lets do something real simple.
                        how about giving the anti-derivative of this number 724.
                        whats taking so long. surely your not calling someone?

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Le Type Français
                          In my last year of formal schooling (Freshman in high school), I was awarded the medal for having the highest average in Algebra. Unfortunately, I haven't studied Mathematics in almost nine years so it would not surprise me if one who studies or uses it often can outdo me. You either use it or lose it.
                          its been over 10 years since i did a simple math problem like this. my math minor at UNLV dont get used much today. so no excuses. you like to attack ppl on skills, so put up. answer the question or prepared to be named stupid.

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                            #14
                            let me help you out. this is calculus, not algebra.

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by DA
                              how many ppl use evolution in everyday life?
                              How many people take antibiotics?

                              And here's the calculus lesson:

                              If you take the derivative f' of f(x) =724x, you get f'(x) = 724 . . . this means that the antiderivative of 724 is 724x.

                              Would you be troubled if people were out there teaching mathematics wrong?

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