Christian schools should be consulted on standards
I was privileged, two week ago, to attend the panel presentation for Ohio's science academic content standards in Columbus.
A year ago, I was asked to sit with a group of Association of Christian Schools International teachers of the language arts who were consulted when those standards were in the "focused input" stage of the development process.
This community of schools has not been invited to participate in the present debate regarding the review of the high school science standards although a number of the ACSI schools are state-accredited. Among the 73 advisory committee and writing team members now at work, only one person is from an ACSI member school. Why?
Most of the current advisory and writing committee members are undoubtedly college trained. They, as well as many of us in the audience on March 11, have heard evolution theory many times over in high school and college classes in the life and physical sciences. Some of us would like to have offered our own reasons for espousing the intelligent design concepts which we now hold.
Let all who either participate in the standards review process or read about it in The Vindicator, understand that the "debate" is really not about intelligent design concepts or about evolution theory. The question which will reach the state legislature within the year is about the privilege of intelligent inquiry by the students of our schools. There are several ways to gather, organize, and develop information in writing an expository composition in English as well as ways to present theorems and axioms in the study of geometry. Why then do we mandate such restrictive views of inquiry in the life and physical sciences?
One of the panelists at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium, Dr. Kenneth R. Miller, is a co-author of a high school biology textbook presently being used in Ohio schools. I want to raise a strong objection to Dr. Miller's being seated on the panel. His participation in the process suggests a vested interest in its continued use.
Of course the administrators of Ohio's universities would oppose the privilege of intelligent inquiry in our science classrooms. They have, like many others, begged the question and managed to frame the debate around design concepts versus evolution theory. Should the legislature permit the inclusion of intelligent design concepts in the mandatory standards, they too would find it necessary to make some changes.
Area political theme song: "Send in the Clowns"
I'm sure many of us have found ourselves in circumstances where we were asked to explain Mahoning Valley politics to people who reside outside our community.
We recently found ourselves in that situation while dining with some friends in North Carolina. We patiently explained that our political system is mostly just a source of entertainment for the voters and the more entertaining the candidate, the more likely he or she is to be elected. We described gathering at political headquarters the night before the elections to sing political campaign songs, our favorite being "Send in the Clowns. & quot;
They agreed our system seemed very entertaining and we all had a big laugh. They told us they were laughing with us rather than at us. Ha Ha Ha. Yeah, right.