Diane Douglas’ evolution views will hurt Arizona students, science teachers say

May 25, 2018

By Laurie Roberts

Scientists from as far away as the United Kingdom are appalled at Arizona Superintendent Diane Douglas’ attack on evolution.

The Association for Science Education, which represents the UK’s science teachers, says Douglas’ proposal to cast doubt about evolution would “undermine the scientific literacy of Arizona’s students.”

Meanwhile, the New York-based Teacher Institute of Evolutionary Science says Douglas’ revisions to the standards taught in science class “will handicap Arizona students.”

Handicapping Arizona’s kids

“Those who seek to weaken [evolution’s] teaching are doing so to insert religious ideas into science classrooms, an effort that has been rejected by the courts as contrary to America’s constitutional principles …,” Bertha Vazquez, TIES director and a middle school science teacher, wrote.

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7 comments on “Diane Douglas’ evolution views will hurt Arizona students, science teachers say

  • @OP – “Those who seek to weaken [evolution’s] teaching are doing so to insert religious ideas into science classrooms,

    Lets not pussy-foot about,- and tell it like it is:-

    “Those who seek to weaken [evolution’s] teaching are doing so to insert science denial and superstitious ignorance into science classrooms!



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  • there’s that ubiquitous idiot pin on her lapel. I need someone to to a sociological research project on the correlation between that pin and being an asshole.

    I don’t even need to expound on this person. She’s probably, nice, well mannered, properly educated– an ignorant and hateful behind her smile. Real evil looks like that, folks. Reminds me of the Harry Potter character Umbrage, I think is her name.



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  • crookedshoes #2
    May 25, 2018 at 12:45 pm

    there’s that ubiquitous idiot pin on her lapel.

    Ideology/nationalist badge wearing outside of specific promotional events, is the label of the sheeple-brain which follows spoon-fed preaching as an alternative to reasoned thought! !



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  • No, let’s accept her changes.

    But for balance, introduce similar qualifications into religion classes.

    “A minority of people today believe that…”

    “Since the bronze age, there’s been a dwindling percentage of people who believe that…”

    After all, these classes portray even the most unlikely beliefs as if they were undisputed facts.
    Time to add the appropriate qualifiers.
    Just for balance you know.
    And for every reference to the monotheists’ “God”, give a nod to Zeus, Odin and the rest.



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  • MadEnglishman #5
    May 28, 2018 at 8:45 am

    But for balance, introduce similar qualifications into religion classes.

    There are no legal “religion classes” in US state schools!

    Unlike the UK which teaches about the world’s religions – admittedly with an official Christian bias, religion is supposed to be separated from state functions and public services in the US.



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  • @Alan4discussion #4
    I was forgetting that… 😉

    When I was a lad (in the UK) we had RE. It was technically optional but a hassle to get out of (if I’m remembering correctly), but it wasn’t graded so I didn’t opt out, I just sat at the back and quietly did my maths homework.



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