Worksheets from Florida Public School

A friend of mine (I'll call him D.B)  is a high school student at a public school in Florida. He's a believing Christian. In a recent conversation he aggressively asserted that he no longer believed evolution was valid having been persuaded by his teacher. He badly summarized the worksheets that persuaded him. The worksheets were given by his biology teacher to the students. I asked him to send me a few photographs. This is what he sent me. 

I can't decide if these are actually part of the curriculum or were introduced as part of a personal crusade. Either way it is quite discomfiting to me because I read it as being deliberate poisoning of the well. Sometimes the information is blatantly wrong. Sometimes it is inadequately explained so as to seem wrong. 

The accurate information mixed in with so many more inaccuracies persuades me to believe this is purposeful malediction. By whom? I don't know. 

D.B. told me that this was presented by the teacher in the context that science was trying to use evolution to disprove God. But since science wasn't certain either both science and religion used faith. 

I didn't know what to say. But I pointed out that one can't by any theory disprove something that exists. The evidence of existence makes such hypothesis ludicrous. D.B. seemed persuaded by that.

I'm so glad I never went to school. 

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Comment by Joan Denoo on May 25, 2016 at 2:15pm

Yes, John, Anything by Jerry Coyne offers excellent information for children and adults. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 25, 2016 at 2:14pm

When looking for a children's book on evolution, this is the source to which I go: 

Charles Darwin & Evolution best children's books

I read the reviews on the ones I haven't read to make sure it fits my thinking. I also like to find other stories of other cultures that explain evolution. Native American stories and Asian stories are especially delightful and I read them to children as myths. Our culture is inundated by European versions of creation and I am not so interest in them. I want diversity.

Comment by Joan Denoo on May 25, 2016 at 2:07pm

Interesting! I wonder if your friend has non-believing family members or friends? Some of my cousins have fundamentalist Christian beliefs, and they protect their children from me. I just hope they have access to different ideas, although I suspect homeschooling will prevent that from occurring. They plan to go to Christian colleges as well. 

A couple of the kids sneaked away from the crowd to ask me some questions and all I could say was what I think and my rationale for my positions. I don't know if their parents learned of our conversations. 

You said you "never went to school." What form did your education take? 

Comment by John B Hodges on May 25, 2016 at 12:14pm

An excellent book for this question is WHY EVOLUTION IS TRUE by Jerry Coyne.

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