Some update on my son’s science teacher’s classes on Evolution:
1. Faith in the Theory:
When asked how a question about Evolution the teacher prefaced the reply with: “Well, it depends on your faith in the theory.” Arggghhh. There is the issue with theory, again.
2. Humans don’t come from Monkeys:
The teacher told the class “they have not discovered any skeletons that link monkeys to humans.” Ouch — very true but bad teaching. Humans don’t come from monkeys. Monkeys, Apes and Humans all shared ancestors. The rest you know.
3. Factual and True:
When my friend asked his daughter if she felt evolution as if it were factual and true, the daughter said, “Yes”. But when he asked if she felt that her teacher thought it was factual and true, she said, “I don’t know”. Ouch. But it would be tough if she didn’t believe. It is these other lines that are getting to us.
Planned Approach: We have decided to let the teacher finish this section and gather information. Then we will approach the teacher at the end of the year after our kids are safely out of her class. I wager she has more information to offer us before then.