Friday, June 4, 2010

The Scopes Legacy

This clip is from a 1996 British documentary titled Science Friction: Creation. It shows the sad state of biology education in Dayton, Tennessee seventy years after the Scopes Monkey Trial.

The ignorance of the students is disturbing enough, but even more maddening is the fact that someone who purports to be a science teacher could validate their absolute want of critical thinking. I also can't help but think of the proud parents who are pleased with the education their children are getting.

1 comment:

  1. The comment by the last student in the clip shows pretty clearly that the teacher is not giving evolution a fair shake. The student seemed to think that whites existed before blacks, that the two are distinct species, and that no variation can be accumulated over time.

    Anyway, what can be done about this, besides posting clips that make me angry?