P.Z. Myers recently put up another post supporting censorship of criticism of Darwinism in public education. Democratically elected school board officials in Florida and Texas are moving closer to policies that would include teaching students that some aspects of Darwin’s theory can be questioned scientifically. In other words, they’re proposing that Darwinism can be taught just like any other scientific theory. Florida State School Board Member Linda Taylor put it this way:
I would support teaching evolution, but with all its warts. I think that some of the facts have been questioned by evolutionists themselves. I would want them taught as theories. That’s important. They could be challenged by others and the kids could then be taught critical thinking and they can make their own choices.
Myers calls Ms. Taylor’s opinion “stupid”. He asks:
Who is best qualified to make informed choices about complex scientific theories?
A. Scientists with years of training in the subject, and qualified science teachers who understand the fundamentals of the theory.
B. Creationists who won’t even commit to an estimate of the age of the earth.
C. Members of the board of education who have absolutely no training in the sciences.
D. Children who are just being introduced to the topic for the first time, haven’t read any of the primary literature, and who are entirely dependent on the competence of the instructors who have given them an outline of the general story.
Because this is a democracy and Myers doesn’t actually get to dictate the choices, the question is really ‘fill in the blank,’ not multiple choice.
Here’s my suggestion for the answer to the question “Who is best qualified to make informed choices about complex scientific theories in public schools in Florida?”:
The people of Florida, through their elected school boards.
Darwinists like Myers find democracy so frustrating.