Tuesday, March 1, 2011

The most successful tactic in the Christian war against science education is their intimidation of biology teachers.

Biology teachers have a wonderful opportunity to change the lives of their students. If they're competent they can make students love science instead of being bored by it. They can cause some students to become scientists and they can give other students the desire to study science the rest of their lives.

What every competent biology teacher does (unfortunately only 28% of America's high school biology teachers) is make evolution part of every lesson, which makes sense because evolution is the foundation of biology. A famous quote: Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution.

Evolution can make students love science because it's about them. They learn what they are (we're apes) and what creatures we developed from (ancient apes). I can't imagine any scientific fact that could be more interesting. If my biology teacher (a very long time ago) wasn't incompetent (she never mentioned the word evolution) she could have explained to us the evidence that shows beyond any doubt we are one of the modern ape species. My reaction would have been "What the heck, I didn't know that. This science stuff isn't as boring as I thought it would be." Instead I got stuck with a teacher who made biology as dull as stamp collecting. And this was in a wealthy Chicago suburb, not the god-soaked Deep South.

Unfortunately for many students in Idiot America, their parents (or parents of their classmates) are cowardly Christian assholes who correctly think evolution makes their idiotic death cult look even more idiotic. To solve this problem they threaten biology teachers with the goal of suppressing the teaching of evolution to their children and everyone else's children. These retarded subhumans are equal to terrorists.

In federal courtrooms the Christian assholes always lose because federal judges do not tolerate their disrespect for our constitution.

At the state government level the science deniers almost get their way but usually they lose by a few votes. An exception is Louisiana where virtually every politician is an asshole for Jeebus.

At the local school board level, in the hick infested towns of Idiot America, the science deniers have had some success but they often restrain themselves to avoid expensive legal bills.

Where Christian assholes have been most successful is at the individual teacher level. Especially in the Bible Belt a teacher who properly teaches biology (evolution is part of every lesson) can expect constant harassment and threats. Many biology teachers dumb down their science lessons so they don't have deal with the Christian thugs. Either way they get paid because nobody cares when the foundation of biology is never taught in their biology classrooms. The students virtually never demand their right to have a decent science education.

These teachers have been successfully intimidated. The Christians have won their private war against education. Meanwhile the students learn how to hate science instead of being excited by it, which is exactly what the cowardly parents want.

The solution to this problem is obvious. The 72% of America's biology teachers who don't make the foundation of biology a major part of their curriculum should be fired and publicly humiliated. It's not fair to students to get stuck with teachers who don't know their subject or who are too afraid of thugs to do their job properly. A student with no teacher is better off than having a worthless teacher.

One more thing. Teaching evolution should start in the First Grade because even the youngest students have the right to know they are apes and because the Christian brainwashing starts at an even younger age.

I should love to have everybody taught about evolution from a fairly early age, because it is so important, so exciting. It answers so many questions and mysteries; it solves so many problems. Until you know about it, you're wandering around on this Earth looking at trees and birds and flowers, not knowing why any of them is there. Evolution is the answer to that riddle, so you're not really a whole person if you don't know where you come from and why you exist. And it's not difficult. It's not like relativity, it's not like quantum theory – it's something teachable to fairly young children.
-- Richard Dawkins

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