The Pseudosciences of Religion.

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Chris T.'s picture
The Pseudosciences of Religion.

One of my good friends is a highschool chemistry teacher. A few weeks ago she was presenting the elements of the human body to her classes. At the end of one of her classes a young girl asked her, "Where are the dirt atoms?" In confusion, my friend asked her to elaborate on her statement. The girl replied, "You know, since " God" created Adam from dirt, Where are the dirt atoms?" I'm sure you all realize the issue with this question so I'm not going to explain it. My issue with it is that my friend could not correct her. All she could say was that there is no such thing as "dirt", its a mixture called soil and we don't have "dirt" atoms. Also, she told the girl that she would have to speak to her parents about it because she couldn't discuss it by law. Should this sort of "babying" be tolerated? Should teachers be forced to keep silent from correcting a confused student? Also, feel free to post some more false sciences from religious documents. I could use a laugh. \m/

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Jeff Vella Leone's picture
I am not from american, so

I am not from american, so may I ask, which law states:
That in a Public school a particular religion has the right to stop students from acquiring knowledge.

This is not a matter of forcing a child to accept what the teacher says.
But it is a teacher duty to give the child the scientific version of a particular topic regardless what a particular religion has to say about the matter.

Then it is up to the student to choose even if the school is teaching something completely wrong. Not knowing what other people think is not good for the metal health of a student that needs to learn how to research things.

This idea of suppression of knowledge by parents is considered child abuse in my eyes.

Chris T.'s picture
With the seperation of church

With the seperation of church and state that we have here, a topic of religion is such a touchy subject in public schools that its avoided in the slightest. There is no law about a religion stopping a student from learning school curriculum. I think you may be misunderstanding. My friend had to end explaining to the student why we are not made of dirt because the student referred to a religious text stating that we were. Teachers can not discuss religion what so ever(in public schools). So she basically had to leave the student in a state of confussion because the actual science differed from her religious upbringing. I agree, suppression of knowledge is child abuse. Its sad that people( such as teachers) have to dance around religious psuedoscience in fear of being fired.

Jeff Vella Leone's picture
It is shameful for the

It is shameful for the government to not take this matter seriously and enforce the law on this issue so the teachers do not have to shoulder all the pressure.

mysticrose's picture
That simple question is

That simple question is enough to awaken us that most biblical stories are simply mythical and should not be entertained in schools.

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