And Public School Administrators, too.
There is a message being sent out, by the Discovery Institute (a non profit creationist ‘think’ tank) encouraging creationist students and teachers to “Suit Up, Sign Up, Show UP, Act Up and Start Up” (whatever that all means) on February 12, which of course, is Charles Darwin’s 200th birthday.
As my friend and colleague Mike Haubrich says, “Fight for your right to be ignorant!”
The Discovery Institute is, obnoxiously, calling Darwin’s Birthday “Academic Freedom Day,” and encouraging a general uprising in life science classes throughout the country.
Here is what the academic freedom day web site says:
On Charles Darwin’s 200th birthday (February 12th, 2009), students everywhere can speak out against censorship and stand up for free speech by defending the right to debate the evidence for and against evolution. In 2009, let’s make “Darwin Day” Academic Freedom Day!
But here it what it does:
It encourages students to engage in behavior that could be viewed as requiring disciplinary action.
It encourages teachers who happen to be creationists to slap their colleagues in the face. In fact, creationist teachers who engage in this outrage are literally telling their colleagues that they are engaged in wanton censorship. How nice. If I was a biology teacher and a fellow teacher who happened to be a creationist in my department engaged in these activities, or encouraged students to do so in any way, I would be in the Principal’s office before an ice cube would melt in hell.
It encourages teachers, parents, students, and administrators to engage in activities that are clearly subversive to the goal of excellent science education.
It could tip the scales in a few places to cause things to happen that will require expensive law suits to be handled by school district.
Check out Mike’s post, and if you must, check out the original site. It is the policy of this blog to not link to Discovery Institute sites, so you’ll have to pick up the link over at Mike’s place.