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Texas School Board is trying to outsource your kids jobs

2 January 2009 at 11:28:33 AM

The Texas School Board wants to teach Intelligent Design in schools thereby introducing religion into the public school system. While they are fighting this battle one of their key strategies is to put doubt into Evolution as it is taught and known today. If you listen to the board meetings that were posted on this blog you will hear the board trying to play gotcha games with Biologists who attended the meetings to defend Evolution as a science. It seems the board thinks that if they can put doubt into Evolution or Darwinism then they can get another alternative creation theory introduced since in their minds at that point it would be equal to what the biologists have and the schools would have to allow an alternative theory to be taught, even though it is religious and against the 1st amendment of the constitution.


Let's theorize for a moment that they succeed...

Texas would be teaching Intelligent Design while countries like India, China, and other outsourcing nations would continue to teach evolution. In the future the kids of the state of Texas would not know enough about real science to compete in the global market that we all live in now. The US is already way behind in math and science comparatively speaking and this move would just put us further down on the list. Our children would get the physical labor jobs instead of the high tech jobs that would be going to other countries. Like Steve Ballmer said when I asked him about a decade ago about opening a development center in Texas, he said "do you know 2000 developers in Texas?, if not I'm not building one there". He has since had ones built in India, China, and other nations with high math and science numbers. If we don't grow smart math and science kids, we will not have the jobs that we want our children to have. So sure you can agree with the Texas board to help make our kids more religious and less math and science but is that what we really want when you think of the long term impact of jobs in our communities?



Let's look at the DNA aspect of this for a moment because it is relevant. If you review DNA markers for genealogy reasons you would find that there are some fast and slow moving DNA markers...aka evolution from parent to child in the DNA that is handed down over the generations and how it changed along the way. Texas courts accept DNA as evidence to convict/release people from prison and it is used to prove paternity in the courts so it is good enough for the Justice system in Texas but not for the Educators to teach our kids?

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1 - joe   2 Jan 2009 @ 1:13:38 PM 

I have never seen a job that required you to know anything about Intelligent Design.

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2 - pstern   2 Jan 2009 @ 4:01:31 PM 

pharper, I think you are making some "big jumps" in your consideration of teaching Intelligent Design in public schools.

Personally, I think we should teach children as much as we can about many different theories, concepts, philosophies and policies as long as they are tastefully and appropriately taught.

I think making ID a part of religious instruction is absolutely wrong in the public school environment.  The same goes for other  religious teachings, which may be and are taught in private religious schools.

Also, I have to agree with Joe that a person believing in ID is not going to interfere with his/her getting or not getting a job.

The REAL public school issue remains to be "the 3 r's".  Most of our children don't read, write, do math or science all too well.  We have to get back to basics in education our children and that's what our focus should be on.

The other issue of public education is how to finance it better.  We have to stop overburdening Texas homeowners to finance education.  The State must determine alternate sources for financing public education.

In conclusion, sorry but I don't think you can make the argument substantially that teaching Intelligent Design will cause or add to the outsourcing of our children's future jobs.

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3 - pstern   2 Jan 2009 @ 4:06:40 PM 

Now that having been said, I believe we need to get rid of the Texas School Board.  I think it serves an outmoded practice.

Communities are the ones who must provide oversight to their school district schools and NOT some questionable people working off in some obscure "ivory tower".  Each community knows better what their children's needs are and what the learning outcomes should be.

Communities include:  children, parents, public school personnel, the business sector, higher education, etc.

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