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January 4, 2006

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To the editor:

I think Jeff Barclay's letter in the Dec. 26 Journal-World should have had the title "Snow job" rather than the letter below it. A Beka Books, that are used in the Veritas Christian school, are published by Christian editors who state on their Web site: "The clear teaching of the Bible is the foundation for all learning." They further state that their "writers do not paraphrase progressive education textbooks : they look at the subjects from God's point of view" and their publications "are built upon the foundation of Scriptural truth."

It must be reassuring to know the will of God. That way you don't have to consult geologists, biologists and paleontologists as other textbook companies do. This is especially useful when most of those scientists would disagree with your point of view. With the mindset of the company, any objective scientific writings on evolutionary concepts would be purely accidental.

Is Mr. Barclay using intelligent design to prove academic success? I applaud Veritas students' success in the science fair. However, to equate that success with intelligent design is based on faith and disregards the students' native intelligence, parental influence, quality of the teaching staff and many other factors, much like intelligent design ignores evidence for evolution.

Bill Dymacek,

Eudora

Comments

satchel 8 years, 11 months ago

Billy...

Jeff Barclay's article said... "Our secondary biology textbook accurately spends an entire chapter lining out the evidences cited by evolutionists."

Is this true?? Could it really be true that those @#$!^&% Christians are teaching evolution side by side with ID?? WOW... What a concept!! Teaching both. Now why can't others be this open-minded??

How can a very small school sweep the science fair... and by teaching both??... in a town that the public school district is large and supposedly rated as one of the best in the country??... and most evolutionist think that teaching both is stupid, yet they can't even place in the science fair! Isn't this ironic??

Good job Mr. Barclay... I think I'll look into Veritas... like Billy's last paragragh concluded... Veritas' teaching staff must be high quality.

wonderhorse 8 years, 11 months ago

"Is this true?? Could it really be true that those @#$!^&% Christians are teaching evolution side by side with ID?? WOW... What a concept!! Teaching both. Now why can't others be this open-minded??"

Because ID isn't science. It has nothing to do with being open-minded, and everything to do with scientific method.

plumwild 8 years, 11 months ago

Veritas, among many other schools, proves that intelligent students with good thinking skills don't need to be protected from diverse propositions or viewpoints.

Science is a method for seeking understanding of empirical reality.

Science is learned much better by applying the method to models that fail as well as those that advance.

Where do you all get the notion that there's some harm in learning the method by applying it to diverse models?

"Science" taught as a regurgitation of "facts" isn't science at all.

gr 8 years, 11 months ago

"With the mindset of the company, any objective scientific writings on evolutionary concepts would be purely accidental."

As if atheists would be objective?

wonderhorse: I showed where ID is supported by science. Evolution isn't science, but yet it's taught.

Did you mean to say ID has everything to do with scientific method?

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