Like it wasn’t disturbing enough to see headlines recently like the following:
13% of H.S. Biology Teachers Advocate Creationism in Class
I, and probably most of you reading, held out hope that the number wasn’t that high.
Well now, my buddy, Steven Newton, tells us of the “cautious 60 percent” — those teachers who, while not preaching creationism, nevertheless fail to be “strong advocates for evolutionary biology.”
While there may be many reasons teachers fail to teach evolution enthusiastically, it’s clear that some have put on the brakes to some degree because they feel pressure from local communities whose residents favor creationism and/or intelligent design.
In North Carolina, for example, a parent disgruntled about the presentation of evolution in his daughter’s middle school science class promised the principal, “You might be surprised at how your ‘stock’ could go up in our community if you choose to deal more harshly” with the offending teacher.
They are the Greasers, ever tormented by the preppy, letterman sweater-wearing creationist Socs.
Well, to all you cautious 60 percenters: Grease up your hair, put your leather on, and do it for Johnny, man! Do it Johnny!