Saturday, February 14, 2015

Trib Op-Ed: The Pursuit of Knowledge Is Under Attack in Utah

Fantastic Salt Lake Trib op-ed this morning, worthy of a long and hard look. Here's the lede, Peeps:
I proudly plead guilty as charged.
As an associate professor at Utah's flagship institution of higher education, I teach evolution without the "Adam-and-Eve" theory. I teach reproductive physiology without the stork theory. I teach the laws of gravity without "intelligent-falling" theory. And I teach these concepts unabashedly, regardless of whether they conflict with students' sincerely held religious beliefs — the university's ill-advised Accommodation Policy notwithstanding.
That's the way it should be.
Unfortunately, that's not the way some people want.
Read up, folks:
A Weber County Forum "Tip of the Hat" to University of Utah Professor Gregory A. Clark, who's fighting like a badger to prevent the GOP-propelled "dumbing down" of  our Utah educational institutions.


BlueSky said...

First, students are shown how to think critically in science classes. Then they go home and question what they see on FOX "news". What a terrible, downward spiral. After that, they might start asking if the "D" after political candidates in the voting booth really means "damned".

Ozboy said...

I dont think this so caled perfeser nos sqat about nuthin. He shur dont git "we dont nede no edyoukayshun, we dont nede no mind controle" Wy do thes pointy heded persesers kepe harpen on so caled critercole thikin enyways, wy do they want ever body criter sizing ever body else?

Danny said...

His statement,

"Evolution is an established fact as well as an established theory."

is misleading.

Either something is a fact, or a theory. Evolution is a theory.

And what facts there are, disprove that theory.

The general sarcasm in Professor Clark's letter distract from other points he could have made. It is distressing when those on the public payroll condescend to the very people who pay their salary.

rudizink said...

C'Mon Man. Evolution is a "theory, in the same sense that gravity is a "theory."

blackrulon said...

"There is a cult of ignorance in the United States, and there always has been, This train of anti-intellectualism has been a constant thread winding winding its way through our political and cultural life, nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that 'my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge." Issac Asimov

Danny said...

I'm familiar with the references you cite.

Unfortunately, they do not support your point.

Moreover, the determination with which evolutionists press their case (along with other psuedo-science theories) tends to indicate evolution is an ideology more than a scientific theory.

If anything, my assertion that evolution is a theory was too generous. Gravity can be proven. Evolution, if anything, has been disproven by what fossil record we have.

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