Dr. Stat

Dr. Stat is a Statistics Professor. This blog is his opportunity to share ideas and opinions about education (especially math education), politics, and whatever else comes up.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Don't teach the Bible in public schools

Christopher Ruddy (Don't teach the Bible in public schools) said, "Let's go back to the Bible in the classroom issue. Would you want public school teachers interpreting the Bible for your kids? In some schools teachers may promote the Bible because they are believing Christians. In other schools teachers with a secular humanist bent will undermine its legitimacy. The best place for faith to be taught to kids is in the home, church, and private schools."

Would you want public school teachers interpreting history for your kids? In some schools teachers may promote the a view of history that emphasizes the struggle for freedom and liberty and individual rights, together with a positive view of western civilization and the contributions of America. In other schools teachers with a socialist bent will undermine western civilization, denigrate America, and focus on issues of social justice and the benefits of socialism. The best place for history to be taught to kids is in the home, church, and private schools.

Would you want public school teachers interpreting literature for your kids? In some schools teachers may promote the classical literature because they believe it contributes to the development of the human spirit and timeless values. In other schools teachers with a secular humanist bent will use literature to undermine the noblest achievements of man and promote a pessimistic and defeatist attitude about modern and contemporary life, with a goal of eliminating the influence of religious belief and conditioning children for life under an all-powerful state. The best place for literature to be taught to kids is in the home, church, and private schools.

Would you want public school teachers interpreting mathematics for your kids? In some schools teachers may promote basic skills and fundamental knowledge that is useful in everyday life and serves as a base for advanced mathematical understanding such as our best scientists and engineers will need to have if we are to remain competitive in the world. In other schools teachers with a progressive bent will undermine the legitimacy of fundamental mathematical knowledge, if in fact, they understand it at all. They will teach fuzzy concepts and use of calculators and computers to do "advanced" tasks for which the students have no structural understanding. The best place for math to be taught to kids is in the home, church, and private schools.

Would you want public school teachers interpreting the sciences for your kids? In some schools teachers may promote understanding of a wide range of ideas and important issues, in some cases because whatever their religious beliefs, they believe that scientific thinking is best served by examining conflicting hypotheses rather than teaching current speculations as facts. In other schools teachers with a secular humanist bent will undermine free inquiry, and demand that students accept the currently-dominating views of what is legitimate science. The best place for science to be taught to kids is in the home, church, and private schools.