Philosophical questions like who we are and where we came from are surely worth considering. But nothing in these documents will bring students closer to being able to do so in an informed manner.
If standard Darwinian theory is really as ironclad as we are commanded to assume, then the exercise should reinforce belief in evolution.
William Butler Yeats noted, “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.”
The highest calling for a great museum like Dixon’s is not to be a refuge. It is to be a portal — a portal for scientific discovery.
“Most Americans realize we need to learn from the past,” said John West, writer and director of the new documentary Human Zoos. “But we can’t learn from the past if we cover it up.”