I'm surprised by a few things here actually, beyond the fact that I continue to be surprised by anything from this administration.
First and foremost, I've scanned the net for the prerequisite outrage from the social conservative base over this stab in the back from the Bush
administration undoing nearly a century of disinformation efforts in the field of so called
little words have now ended some very lucrative careers and scuttled the entire position of half this forum's posters:
"Intelligent design is NOT a scientific concept."
Perhaps the Evangelical Christians currently waging no less than 18 statewide legal campaigns to force the teaching of Intelligent Design in science
courses don't read newspapers or listen to their own former ideological champions
Perhaps they're just regrouping again, as they did when Creationism first evolved into "Intelligent Design" for their current educational and
In anticipation then of whatever further ploys are to follow, we should consider the implications of the now
suggested "Social Context" to
science curriculum's carefully.
On the one hand, the 2001 amendment to No Child Left Behind
from Sen. Rick Santorum's (who no longer supports ID) could interpret the
"social context" as merely an explanation as to why the Creationism and Intelligent Design concepts held by so many are not
“that good science education should prepare students to distinguish the data or testable theories of science from philosophical or religious claims
that are made in the name of science. Where biological evolution is taught, the curriculum should help students to understand why this subject
generates so much continuing controversy, and prepare them to be informed participants in public discussions.”
Which is sure to outrage creationist Mommies and Daddies everywhere.
On the other hand, going back to the President's statement prior to scientific clarification and redaction... "I felt like both sides ought to be
That's clearly not what's being said at all with this new "social context" clause to science.
The clarification requires clarification and fast. Otherwise, this administration (in addition to presumed 2008 Presidential candidate Rick Santorum)
seem to be suggesting that it's the job of science classes to explain why
closely held religious beliefs aren't scientifically valid and why
science makes Mommy and Daddy so mad.
In my opinion, absolutely no good can come of this required "social context" political correctness in science class. But I'll happily entertain any
thoughts to the contrary.