Tuesday, 19 November 2019

The End of Reason?

A change of the state laws in Ohio (https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/ohio-school-religion-answers/) seemingly has the power to require teachers not to mark down students for giving answers (on evolution or the flatness of the Earth?) that are scientifically wrong, so long as they are rooted in religious (all religions or just Christianity?) teaching. This seems very suspect to me, as the point of science teaching is to gain an understanding of the scientific method (where you make observations, come up with a testable hypothesis and do tests on that explanation that can be independently confirmed by other scientists). There is nothing wrong with people having religions (if they want one) but this aspect of life is not scientifically testable. Surely students can be required to give an accurate account of the scientific thinking behind ideas even when it differs from their internalised beliefs?

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