Friday, July 20, 2012

Teaching "Creationism" called "Child Abuse"

51241116 300x230 Teaching creationism: Indoctrination is a form of child abuse The good lady calls evolution a fact.  News flash: Evolution is not fact but rather it is still a theory ... and there is a world of difference between the two.

Anyone who tells children that God – literally – created the world in seven days 6,000 years ago is guilty of perverting education.

The truth – and education should be above all else a search for truth – is that the world, and the flora and fauna in it, including homo sapiens, evolved over millions of years.
And as for God. Well, he was man’s name for the almost unimaginable force which drove (drives) the process of evolution and change – a personification. So, if you want a religious approach, the science and the creation myth complement each other. You don’t have to argue the literal and pretty absurd case for an old man in the sky striding about making decisions for and about human beings.
Good educators – parents, teachers and others – ensure that children learn to think and reason for themselves. They don’t thrust propaganda and bigotry at them or withhold facts and information.
I am not a religious believer or church goer. But I am a great admirer of much of what is in The Bible and other religious texts. They contain fine poetry, a great deal of human truth in many of the stories and an encapsulation of the cultures they sprang from and influenced – all of which I want children and young people to be led to think about. We can all learn a lot from them.

But we must never indoctrinate or permit our institutions to use indoctrination techniques. 
Real Education is about open-ended questioning and challenging the mind. It also involves encouraging the learners eventually to move way beyond their teachers so that each generation explores new ground. Blinkered, limited, propagandist, religious thinking attempts to hold back or stop that process.

Brainwashing is a form of child abuse. It should have no place in any place of learning.

I'm sure the good lady doesn't realize that what she is promoting as open minded education is in fact brain-washing and qualifies as child abuse.  To force a child to believe in evolution is just as much indoctrination and brainwashing as she claims the Christians are doing. 

They are taking the next step in Brittan toward a totally secular society.  I think they shall fail.

xtnyoda, shalomed

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Anonymous Playground Equipment said...

Agree that education should be as creative and multi-facated as possible.

6:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If they taught kids all the religious beliefs in the world and if they taught them about all the violence and wars between and within various religions over who-is-right, you really think they'd still believe in their parents' religion?

If they taught kids what it was like when religious people were/are actually in charge (the dark ages for westerners, the present for the Middle East) you think they'd still pray?

If you taught kids what secular science has done for healthcare, technology, clean water and compared that to the effects of prayer, do you think kids would still choose to pray-away-the-cancer instead of seeing a doctor?

If you taught kids why they need a flu shot each year and how microbes quickly develop immunity to any poison we throw at them, do you think they'd reject evolution as a wacky idea made up by atheists?

11:30 AM  
Blogger XtnYoda said...

Hello again Anonymous. Always good to see you. :-)

I really don't have a problem with teaching evolution as it is, a theory. When the good lady starts mocking the idea of a literal God as ridiculous then she has crossed over the line of freedom of conscience. Her presentation, if presented to children in that manner, is abusive.

What in the world is so difficult about saying something like, "Many people believe that an all powerful God was the architect of creating the universe?" And then be done with it? Move on and teach the science course.

There is no doubt that religion has been the cause of many ills. No doubt.

There has also been some good come out of religion, esp out of the free church movement that started some 400 years ago. Of course the printing press had a great deal to do with it and the enlightenment. "Freedom" wonderful word and reality, in many ways born in the word of Christ, "You will know the truth and the truth will set you free."

I might post more later about some bad stuff that has come out of atheistic governments if you are interested? :-) But, believe me, I'm not into picking a fight with atheists.

Again, sincerely, thanks for stopping in! You are more than welcome here anytime.

1:57 PM  

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