Last week, I was disturbed to see all four candidates for the Lake Zurich Unit District 95 school board admit to believing in Creationism.
In a separate telephone interview, [Doug] Goldberg said he misunderstood the context of the original question.
Goldberg said he’s researched the issue since the original Daily Herald interview session and understands teaching creationism in science class is against the law.
In a separate telephone interview, [Tony] Pietro said he misunderstood the question and didn’t remember that it specifically referred to science classes.
“I would like to retract the comment as it pertains to creationism in the science classroom,” he said. “Creationism is not a scientific theory, and creationism has no place in a science classroom.”
[Jim] Burke could not be reached for comment Friday. At the previous night’s public forum, he said he has never supported creationism in science class and that “any quote that may make it look like I do has been taken out of context.”
Chris Wallace, the only non-incumbent in the race, sticks by his statement that creationism is fact and evolution is “just a theory.”
I don’t really buy that the three incumbents had no idea what they were talking about.
Pietro knew damn well what Creationism was last week:
Pietro believes creationism should be taught in science class to give students “as much information as possible” about the origins of life.
“I think we can say this is a theory,” he said Thursday. “None of us were here when man was created.”
How is that a misunderstanding? That’s a Creationist talking point right there.
Goldberg previously said he wanted to add Creationism to the science curriculum, but now he’s saying he knows it’s against the law? Forget if he’s being honest about that — that’s still a shitty answer. The law isn’t the reason Creationism should be kept out of science class. Creationism should be kept out of science class because it’s not science.
At the very best, the three candidates retracting their statements have acknowledged that they aren’t up to date about one of the biggest fake “controversies” in the past couple decades. Does anyone really want to put them in charge of the curriculum for thousands of children?
The full District 95 Board of Education was so embarrassed by all this, they released a statement (PDF) explaining how Creationism has no place in the schools:
… The Illinois Learning Standards and the laws of Illinois do not allow for the teaching of creationism in science class, and we do not do so.
For at least the past six years during which current Board members have been seated, never once has the subject of creationism been discussed or even mentioned. No sitting Board member has ever asked to have the issue of creationism put on a meeting agenda, nor has any current Board member expressed plans to do so. Simply put, the issue of whether to teach creationism in a science class is not a controversy that exists in District 95. It is a controversy that has been created by an article published by the Daily Herald last Friday.
That’s a relief. But it would be better if all the candidates who wanted to be taken seriously — Wallace is excluded here — just said outright that Creationism is bullshit.
Maybe then, the people in Lake Zurich could consider voting for their re-election.
On a side note, this is a perfect example of what happens when we publicize these people who want to Christianize the curriculum. In the better school districts, they will retract their statements. But only after we hold their feet to the fire.
It’d be even better if we had some educated people with science backgrounds running for these positions.
(via Jerry Coyne)