I can vouch that evolution wasn't even mentioned at Bradley Central HS back in the 1990s. Everything I was taught about it in school was from one junior high teacher.
They largely avoided any origin discussions, with the exception of "Bible History" class where our teacher sounded like a tinfoil hatter in retrospect. I still remember her rant about how we need to accidentally bomb the Dome of the Rock so the jews can rebuild The Temple. At the time I was quite religious, so it excited me. Now it's just disturbing as I believe there are more than a few folks in government that would agree with her.
Passage re: "settled science" from scienceblogs.com
"More troubling, though, is the fact that both writers just don't seem to get the nature of the scientific process. Science is never completely "settled." Of course, much our understanding of the way the universe works has long been nailed down to the point where there's little to no controversy among scientists. But even on the most fundamental matters generally taught to students as an established fact, there are always scientists poking around the edges, looking for flaws in the ointment. Nothing is ever settled. Indeed, almost every scientist makes his or her living challenging what others have already agreed. "
That's an adaptation of this old one.
And seriously... what's up with the recent trend of everyone trying to prove God exists? Have some freaking faith and teach your kids religion at home.
And before everyone completely freaks out, there are plenty of religion classes in area public high schools. I took one that was essentially "Bible Study 101". Keep the religion in THOSE classes.
Put a true Dominionist in the White House and see what happens. Can't you tell from some of these responses that there are folks out there that believe teaching anything THEY interpret as against "The Divine Word of God" as a mortal sin?
And as far as being "persecuted", these are the same folks who learned that if you discredit every other source of information and you never have to explain yourself. Just convince everyone of the existence "left-wing journalism", "socialist college boot camps" and now lazy unionized public school teachers... and you can shove whatever you want down America's gullet.
I mean, our state voted for freaking Rick Santorum... a guy who has campaigned AGAINST SECONDARY EDUCATION.
Your quote shows a fundamental misunderstanding of science. I personally do believe in God, however... the weight, scientifically speaking, would be put on those trying to prove he does exist.
If every possible outcome was considered an accepted fact until disproven, things would be quite the mess.
Fantastic article, really hits home for me.
I've dealt with my uncle declining due to Alzheimers while I cared for him, my grandfather dying, my grandmother having to move... my own mother being ill, and doing all of this while attempting to attend college.
I would have killed for Tennessee to be good enough to give me a real respite on Saturdays from the stresses of life, but instead it's simply added to them. 2011 was by far the worst year of my entire life, and Tennessee athletics only made it worse... seriously, just chew on that.
Great article, couldn't be closer to the truth.