I received a comment about this article. The person questions the correctness of some statements. I agree that some of the material is more my personal views and that I do not have facts to back up the statements. So, I will fix this problem. The original text is indented.
But first, the news that CSCOPE lessons will be deleted after Aug. 31, 2013 is not correct. The Texas Education Service Centers voided the non-disclosure contract with school districts who currently are registered CSCOPE users. These schools may download and copy the CSCOPE lessons until Aug. 31, 2013 when the lessons will be deleted from the School District’s CSCOPE Users Website. CSCOPE lessons in the possession of schools after Aug. 31, 2013 belong to the schools and they have the legal right to do what ever they want to with these lessons–Even teach the lesson content to your children.
NO! The CSCOPE Lessons were never reviewed by the State Board of Education and revised. This was part of the bargain the ESCs made with Senator Patrick. The ESCs will no longer be responsible for the biased, anti-American, pro-Islamic, pro-Agenda 21, anti-Christian, incorrect factually CSCOPE lessons after Aug. 31, 2013. Until this date, you might want to find out if your school district is downloading and copying the CSCOPE lessons. If so, why?
Now for my comments about the original article:
Evolution is a theory explaining how every organism was formed.
Can I disprove evolution? No
Can evolution be proven? No
I personally do not support evolution in the sense that all living organisms started with the Big Bang and via evolution have the form presently on Earth.
I know people who support evolution and we have no problem agreeing to disagree. What I do not agree with is teaching evolution as the end solution. This slams the door to any further research. If nothing else, technology has taught us that science theories and even science laws could be shown to be false by a students we teach today. No one would get upset if someone questioned Newton’s Laws. But evolution strikes at the foundation of the most important thing in the lives of many people, their belief in the God of the Bible. I have lived for 71 years believing in Jesus Christ and loved everything about science. I have never personally found the two to be conflicting. In fact, the same company who published my science experiment books published a Bible experiment book that I wrote. The owner and many of the employees, including my first editor are Jewish. Our religious beliefs are different but it was never a factor and should never be.
Yes, it seems that I have opened Pandora’s Evolution Box by suggesting that scientists should not try to fit all research into an evolution mold. Students should not be taught that that evolution is the only and absolute answer to creation. Nothing about science is absolute and final. That is what makes science so wonderful. Students should ask questions and they do. The job of an educator is to provide as best as possible, unbiased information. CSCOPE lessons are not doing this was the objective of the article. For example, one CSCOPE lesson presented Christopher Columbus as being responsible for the death of native Americans because of diseases he brought from Europe. Then, students were to decide if the U.S. should have a Christopher Columbus day to celebrate this man.
As to religion being part of the Texas State Standards called TEKS. I have viewed these TEKS in other curriculum materials and they were presented very effectively. The CSCOPE lessons that are said to be aligned with the TEKS have a definite bias.
NOTE to Parents: CSCOPE lessons may still be used to teach your children in the upcoming, 2013-2014 school year. This is because the ESCs gave the registered CSCOPE school permission to copy these lessons until Aug. 31, 2013. The deal made with Senator Patrick has nothing to do with CSCOPE lessons in possession of schools after Aug. 31, 2013. Sneaky? You Bet!
I am amazed that some scientist so adamantly defend evolution as the only possible answer. This contradicts everything about what true science is all about. Scientists are to never accept any idea as the only possible answer. Students should be taught to keep an open mind–to never think there is only one solution to a problem. Instead to embrace the fact that what is known is limited by current technology.
Since I have no documented proof that the Federal Government is more likely to give grants to science projects that support evolution, I need to leave this as a question. Are any government grants given to disprove evolution? Are their teachers who have recently been fired for teaching evolution?
Not every scientist supports evolution. Since evolution generally excludes creation of organisms by God, humanist, who do not believe in God promote evolution. Thus CSCOPE and common core, both educational instruction materials credited to humanist, Linda Darling Hammond. Thus evolution has become the lever for federal grants. Support evolution or the liberal federal will not approve grant money. So our scientists and higher education embrace evolution for $.
Evolution should be viewed as an idea to consider but certainly not an idea to be considered as the only possible answer. Is true research that doesn’t support evolution not considered? This is the same archaic idea that inhibited scientific advancement for about two thousand years when scientists were forced to accept anything Aristotle had said.
In retrospect, I do not agree with my following statement. Is it possible not to support evolution or creations? Why not?
Evolution is always associated with Creation by God. Those who support evolution refuse to admit evolution might not be correct. This just might open the door for a full fledged acceptance of creation.
One correction for the following statement is that some people believe that things evolve, but not from one species to another. There develope an attitude that only those who support evolution are competant enough to teach or write about science. I disagree and I am proof that this is not true.
How sad this tunnel visioned idea is. Would it not be more productive to teach kids that some animals have the same basic bone structure and that one idea is that organisms “evolved.” Leave it open ended so that new ideas are encouraged and those of us who give God credit for the creation of all things are not labeled as uneducated and lacking intelligence.
Since this website as well as this article is intended to be about CSCOPE. Ms. Cargill is one of the most fact based person I know.
Barbara Cargill is the chairperson of the state board of education. Her testimony was given before the senate education committee about the instructional material called CSCOPE. Barbara’s duty is to see that instructional material approved by TEA are included in instruction materials. Her testimony was factual and her duty to report that CSCOPE does not include creation options other than evolution. Thus CSCOPE is not aligned with the TEKS.