Thoughts on the end of the Scopes-Monkey Trial, Part II
Incidentally, last week I saw John McCain on the Charlie Rose Show. Rose asked him about 'intelligent design' and McCain asserted that it should be taught in schools. What's wrong with allowing dueling theories to be discussed and argued about in schools? Let kids hear it all and decide for themselves, he said.
I was beside myself that Rose didn't follow up on that point. Yes, of course, let them hear it all, but not in science class. Science class -- and I know I'm going out on a limb here, forgive me -- should be a place for science. Remember those elementary school lessons where you learn the difference between fact and opinion? Apparently a lot of people don't.
Opinions are great. There are a wide diversity of them and they should be explored fully in religion and philosophy classes. But let's leave science class for actual science. And please spare me the comments about how intelligent design is science. It's not. It's creationism dressed up as science, but it's not science.