Remember Dover? Now think School Administrative District 59. The name doesn’t roll off the tongue like Dover does, but the acronym isn’t so bad. SAD 59. This story makes me sad.
The Director of this particular School District in Maine thinks that evolution should be deleted from the biology curriculum, because it hasn’t been proven.
Director Matthew Linkletter argues that evolution is an unprovable theory and shouldn’t be taught as fact. He’s urged the SAD 59 Board of Directors to consider his view during its May 19 meeting in Madison, with a goal of removing evolution from science classrooms.
Let me guess. He gets his reading material for his continuing education requirements from the Discovery Institute.
Creationists have not been able to convince school boards to add Intelligent Design to the science programs, not since the Dover decision came down, so the next best thing is to try to have evolution removed from the classroom, because “it’s just a theory”. Clearly, they are moving backwards in their arguments, because that one has been used before, but has been pretty much discredited by scientists who tell us that a scientific theory is not just a hunch or a guess, but a thoroughly researched and supported explanation of all of the known facts in a particular area of study, one that best explains the natural phenomena being studied.
One fact that contradicts the theory destroys the theory, yet in over 150 years of research in various scientific disciplines, including biology, genetics, paleontology, geology, anthropology, zoology, chemistry and others, not a single shred of evidence has been found that refutes evolution. Yet to these blunderbusses with a clear religious agenda, it not only has not been proven, its “unprovable”.
The fight to teach our children real science continues unabated in the subcultural battlefield the religious wackos have chosen. And the people who ultimately make the decisions, the voters, seem to be leaning in the wrong direction.
“You can’t show, observe or prove (evolution),” [Linkletter] said.
To which a parent responded:
“I think that’s a very valid point, to tell you the truth, because evolution is only a theory, not a hard fact,” said Nancy Martin, an educational technician at Athens Elementary School.
Martin, who has a son at the high school, said she believes in creationism, as outlined in the Old Testament Book of Genesis. SAD 59 should pull evolution from the science curriculum unless creationism is afforded equal footing, she said.
We need to be doing something else to get the point across to the public that they are damaging this country when they buy into this simplistic, irrational, yet apparently appealing way of thinking.