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article imageGod or Ape, Louisiana Teachers Get New Handbook to Teach Both

By Carol Forsloff     Feb 4, 2009 in World
This month Louisiana schools will start in earnest applying new rules. Those rules are in a handbook telling teachers how they can teach Intelligent Design. The law was passed allowing it last year, and this year are instructions on how.
Teachers can use materials outside the classroom to teach intelligent design. You can bet many people will pulling out their Bibles from their bags and giving the kiddies illustrations from that as well as from science materials. Already the questions raised by this are in science news from discussion of Dawkins to the nature of God and creation.
In Natchitoches a local teen maintains she is confused. Her science teacher has told the classroom that some people think man is a descendant of apes but that there is good evidence that God made man at the beginning. This information is different than what she had learned before, but the same as what she learns at church. It’s likely the teen will believe that Darwin’s scientific theories are no more truth than what the Bible teaches and that science is something to debate.
In late 2007 co-host Sherri Shepherd of The View said she didn’t believe in evolution and even questioned whether or not the world is round.
This type of debate becomes contemporary with Louisiana’s application of the law passed last year, allowing the teaching of Intelligent Design. It is timely given the handbook just passed out to teachers in recent days.
The Intelligent Design organization is heavily promoting its particular point of view in places like Louisiana and also on its website. The website lists those scientists and thinkers who disagree with Darwin.
When the law allowing the teaching of creationism and intelligent design was passed in Louisiana there was scarcely a peep from the people. The law went through the legislature quite smoothly, with a few intellectuals protesting but the rank and file of folks simply not knowing or thinking it a good idea. The problem is the precedent it sets for other places in the United States and the confusion that may take place between what a student learns in one place and what is learned in another.
All of this will likely continue to be confusing for teens in Natchitoches and throughout the rest of the state as they attempt to sort out what they learn in the classroom and what young people learn in the rest of the United States.
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