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Comment: Amazing how uninformed the /. crowd is today. (Score 1) 1306

by XaosTX (#27317981) Attached to: Texas Vote May Challenge Teaching of Evolution
I see so many knee-jerk reactions here today. Do any of you even know what is being debated? The debate is revolving around a phrase that has been in the curriculum for 20 years. The phrase is "strengths and weaknesses." It's not even specifically targeting evolution for crying out loud. Now, I got my B.S. in Physics, so hopefully I can speak with a little authority on understanding the scientific method. The root of the scientific method is indeed identifying and understanding the strengths AND weaknesses of any given scientific theory. Einstein's Theory of Relativity is probably the most tested scientific theory in existence. It has been borne out with tests that go out many decimel places. And yet, scientists still try to understand new data that we come up against that may indicate that there are weaknesses in this theory. That's all that's being fought over in Texas today: the ability to teach our students how to think critically about science and the world around them. How to take data and understand it. How to challenge a well accepted theory when new data arises AND how to support that theory when the data is strong. How can ANYONE want to say that the best science education does NOT teach about the "strengths and weaknesses" of a given scientific theory? If we do NOT teach children how to do that, then we fail them miserably and set them up so they cannot defend the scientific theory when it is attacked.

To be a kind of moral Unix, he touched the hem of Nature's shift. -- Shelley