Thursday, September 27, 2012

Creationism Curriculum

Here is an older news story, but one that focuses on what I think are the things I need to be looking at.

http://www.11points.com/Books/11_Eye-Opening_Highlights_From_a_Creationist_Science_Textbook

For starters this is an easy target.
In truth most Christians are not young Earth creationists and this represents a minor fringe.
But there is another market that books like this are targeting other than conservative schools.  These textbook companies are going after the home school market.

I don't have the data in front of me, but I recall that a significant proportion of home schooling parents site religious reasons as one of the main reasons for home schooling their children.

This goes back to Bill Nye's plea of don't teach kids creationism.  I think that book example explains why.
Even if you don't mention a specific god you basically teaching children that magic exists.   That there is a supernatural agent in the natural world.

I like reading about magic as much as the next person.  I have professed my love for the Harry Potter books many times and I write about witches.  But that is all fiction to be enjoyed as fiction.  Not as science.

Science and history is just as, no, even more fascinating than fiction.

You can't stop these textbook companies from printing this garbage (nor should we try) but we can educate children, parents and teachers on what a steaming pile of bullshit creationism is.