Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Couldn't Happen to a Nicer Bunch

Dakota Voice is writing that thousands of Darwin's Bible are being distributed to members of the National Education Association at their annual conference. They write:
Conservatives have criticized the National Education Association, the nation’s largest teachers union, for supporting a liberal perspective on many issues. The Creation Science Educators Caucus has been attending the association’s annual meeting for the past 14 years plastering banners that state “Evolution is Science Fraud” and “Refuting Evolution.”

Taking a slightly different approach this year, the creation proponents have gone into the meeting with the banner “For by Jesus Christ all things were created.”

“Our goal this week is not to create controversy or hold a revival,” noted Ken Ham, founder and president of Answers in Genesis and a Young Earth creationist. “We simply want to balance the representation of views presented at the conference.”
My guess is that they are going to have a hard sell. The pressure to teach creationism seems to be driven at the legislative or school board level and not at the rank and file level. The more conservative members of the educational establishment are, often, not members of the NEA in the first place. I have friends who teach who will have nothing to do with the union. I believe in school choice and as long as the NEA, which is a union for the teachers, not the students, has a stranglehold on the educational establishment, the public schools will continue to be bad. Couldn't happen to a nicer bunch.

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