Those of you out there accusing me of being a creationist merely because I gave the PBS series a bad review (deservedly so) and have a foundation to explore, from a media standpoint, the evolution debate out to know that I'm a practicing Jew and a liberal Democrat and a native of New York City.
Also FYI, the paper I write for, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, has strongly endorsed the teaching of evolution (and properly so in my opion)--primarily because I was the only reporter in all of PA who scooped the story of how PA almost adopted standards that might have allowed the teaching of evolution.
I am, however, writing a book about the subject showing how the media and scientific elite has stifled meaningful debate on the subject. In doing so, I am indeed supported ($25,000) by the Phillips Foundation, an organization which takes absolutely no position on the subject of evolution, but which seeks to promote fair and balanced reporting in all subject areas.
Whoever out there who is mis-identifying my purpose a ought to have the courage to identify him/herself. There is terribly reminiscent of the McCarthy period and reflects terribly on all of who seek to defend Darwinism.
After reading your article on post-gazette.com I was impressed. I am actually amazed that someone has had the intellectual integrity to stand opposed to the PBS Evolution series.
The National Science Teachers Association has taken a stance on evolution that dogmatically declares evolution and evolution alone should be taught to Americas youth. It is ironic how their stance on this issue stands in contrast to their views on educational reform and promoting of the "constructivist" classroom. The "constructivst" classroom acknowledges students prior knowledge and beliefs in teaching, urges hands-on, minds-on inquiry learning as well as critical thinking. It is interesting however that in regards to teaching evolution this aspect of critical thinking is removed.
The areas of weakness in the theory of evolution are not taught at the secondary or even college level. And one has to do much personal research in order to find valid scientific alternatives to the majority paradigm. If I were to stand for anything I would stand for teaching students to think critically, examine all evidence using scientific reasoning and to come to their own meaningful conclusion about the origins of life.
I just wanted to stand in applause as you take a stand in the media against the uncritical voice about such a controversial issue that PBS has loudly proclaimed. It is people like you who give me hope for the protection of the intellectual integrity of future generations.
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