Well, this is disturbing…
The email comes from a student in Canada.
I need some advice! I have a brother, Kyle, who is in grade 8 high school here in North Vancouver, BC. Kyle told me today that his science teacher has just started teaching his students about intelligent design in the science class.
This is especially disturbing given that Kyle’s science teacher is also his social studies teacher, and when studying various religions, he explicitly emphasized his endorsement of Christianity and he said he believes that those who fail to accept Christ are going to hell. According to my brother, when the teacher raised the topic of intelligent design in the class, he stated that “normally, he’s not allowed to teach this, but in this case, they’ve made an exception,” and that my brother should keep it a secret.
My question is, is all this legal? If not, what can I do about it as a brother of his student? If so, is there any way to challenge his ability to teach this garbage? An additional problem is that my parents are religious and would endorse intelligent design, although not Christianity.
Any help? Thanks in advance!
I don’t know how things are in Canada compared to America, but where I’m from, teachers cannot preach their religion in a public high school. That goes for Intelligent Design, too.
And — this is just me talking — any Science teachers who advocate Intelligent Design ought to have their certification revoked. They don’t know enough about their subject to be teaching it.
What advice do you have for this student?
Apparently, this sort of thing may be happening at a younger age, too…
(Thanks to Ron for the email!)