Ft. Lauderdale, Fl USA
Since Bob has objections to being limited on what he is allowed to say/teach, my advice to him would be find a new job, and leave the science facility school alone, their doing just fine in my opinion.
They are doing just fine, Stargal? Refusing to teach or even discuss something like the age of the earth is doing fine? Not being able to say a rock is 3 million years old or all even the possibility that Earth is billions of years old for fear of irritating religious groups is doing fine? Restricting education and ignoring knowledge for the sake of not 'rocking a boat' is fine? That's the kind of mind control school you prefer? How do they handle dinosaurs, I wonder? If little Johnny asks if human and dinosaurs existed at the same time, do they say "Well, they are both very old."? Schools are supposed to teach intelligence, not ignorance. You tell Bob to find another job if he doesn't like it? He could teach at my school any day. We need more Bobs and fewer school boards that knuckle under outside pressures to ignore truth and knowledge.
The reality is however that the kids don’t need either theory ramming down their throats as the one and only truth, they need to be exposed to both possibilities and allowed to develop their own beliefs instead of being indoctrinated with the beliefs of others. As soon as the kids are denied open access to one theory due to the prejudice of a parent or teacher the education system as a whole, in my opinion, has failed.
It can't be said any better than these words by Grinch. There are always multiple possibilities. Religions have theories and explanations that allow for the possibility and even compatibility of scienceand religion. Allow the student to think for himself by presenting these possibilities. Only the weak, and often wrong, theory is one that will not stand up to intelligent thought.
Brad, I understand what you mean about the parents shouldering blame. in many cases that is true but it's wrong to say that is the problem "in a nutshell". I blame them because they care about what is NOT taught, not what is. Not sure I understand that comment. Parents should NOT care about what is not taught? Ignorance is bliss? If you, for example, do not care about what is not taught, why did you create this thread? (which we have decimated....sorry )
I'm sure there are many second and third world countries that have school curriculums that teach the world and history according to their governments or religious leaders. Hopefully we will not be reduced to that.