Wednesday, February 4, 2004
| A theory by any
other name is still . . .
So let me get this straight. Kathy Cox is proposing that Georgia schools continue to teach evolution, but refrain from teaching evolution?
She suggests that evolution is a buzzword whatever that means and so our teachers are advised to stop saying it. The preferred phrase is biological change over time.
How novel! I am reminded of Monty Pythons Knights of Ni who threaten to say Ni! with painful consequences if not offered a shrubbery.
Are we to suppose that the conservatives whom she wishes to appease have an aversion to the word itself, as opposed to the theory and its implications? Is there actually someone out there who would react with, Well, my son is being taught that man is a product of causes which had no pre-vision of the end they were achieving, but he is not exposed to the word evolution, and that is the important thing?
If this proposal works, then imagine the possibilities. Do parents object to the distribution of condoms in the high schools? No problem. Well stop handing out condoms and instead supply eager and amorous students with balloons.
Sex education may be controversial, but who could object to You-know-what education (complete with inoffensive terminology like thingy)?
Do others object to the placement of the Ten Commandments in the schools? Well refrain and display instead The-More-Than-Nine-But-Fewer-Than-Eleven Divine Imperatives.
Im with Jimmy Carter: We should all go hide somewhere.
Mark D. Linville