Evolution in the Classroom

Evolution belongs in the biology classroom of every school. This should include faith schools and home schools. Evolution is the backbone of biology, and children need to know about it. For one, they need to have a grasp of science to be competitive in the real world. Understanding biology will help them understand more advanced topics in college courses. I think refusing to teach evolution is educational neglect.

Furthermore, I think even faith schools should have to teach evolution in biology, and I don’t think creationism should be allowed to be taught within that classroom. If a faith school wants to teach creationism, then they need to teach it in their faith course, which most faith schools have. Creationism is not looked upon as an acceptable scientific alternative by competent scientists , and as such, creationism has no place in a science class. I could say the same for home schools.

Now, I know some of my readers may have some concerns. They might think I’m not going far enough. Some may even want faith schools banned. I’m not saying that faith schools are good things. (I don’t.) Nevertheless, I hold religious freedom as a very high priority. Now some might ask about the children’s freedom. I would concur and note that sending children to faith schools is problematic. However, I do not want the government telling parents how to raise their children, within reason. I’m drawing the line where important information is being left out. Information that is central to any education.


Militant Atheism

It is not in my nature to be very aggressive or assertive. I’m an introvert. Nevertheless, I’m always surprised when theists are surprised by some atheists wanting to deconvert people. Of course, many theists want atheists to convert; because, they want everyone to have the truth, supposedly. (Although, if their beliefs grant an exception to those who’ve never heard of their religion, then I dunno maybe don’t tell me about your religion.)  I don’t really understand what’s so shocking about people wanting other people to agree with them. Especially, if it is an agreement on such an important topic, such as the existence of a deity.

As for me, I plenty happy to just live my life. If someone broaches the subject of atheism/theism, I’m happy to discuss it, but 99% of the time it just doesn’t come up. On the other hand, if someone’s theism is restricting on my rights, then I have a problem. For example, creationism has NO place in biology class. I’m pretty particular about that. I could name other examples, but most the time these issues aren’t something I have to deal with on a regular basis. I’m not, for example, irritated by being wished a merry Christmas instead of a happy holiday. (I’ve never understood why Christians get upset by being wished a happy holiday. The word holiday comes holy day. ) Still, I think writing and talking about atheism is important, and I appreciate when it is done.