Sunday, August 28, 2005

UC Says "No Tickee, No Shirtee" to Creationist Curriculum

Something from the "Well, Duh!" column.

The suit was filed in Los Angeles federal court Thursday by the Assn. of Christian Schools International, which represents more than 800 religious schools in the state, and by the Calvary Chapel Christian School in Murrieta, which has an enrollment of more than 1,000.

Under a policy implemented with little fanfare a year ago, UC admissions authorities have refused to certify high school science courses that use textbooks challenging Darwin's theory of evolution, the suit says.

The 10-campus UC system requires applicants to complete a variety of courses, including science, mathematics, history, literature and the arts. But in letters to Calvary Chapel, university officials said some of the school's Christian-oriented courses were too narrow to be acceptable.

And what, precisely, did these curriculum planners expect? That universities would pander to their interests out of political correctness? Zealots on local school boards may be able to water-down science material to suit their fundamentalist perspectives, but if they think colleges will sanction these efforts via the admission process, then they are far more delusional than I've given them credit for.

"It appears that the UC system is attempting to secularize Christian schools and prevent them from teaching from a world Christian view," said Patrick H. Tyler, a lawyer with Advocates for Faith and Freedom, which is assisting the plaintiffs.

No, Mr. Tyler. The UC system is not preventing you from teaching your students anything. They are however, saying that Science By Thumpervision is wholly inadequate as preparatory material for college applicants.

The suit also accuses the university system of employing a double standard by routinely approving courses that teach the viewpoints of other religions, such as Islam, Judaism and Buddhism.

In order to score any points here at all, the plaintiffs will have to demonstrate that somewhere in America, schools are supplanting evolutionary theory with Buddhist creation myths. Let's all hold our breath, shall we?

I can't applaud UC's stand on this enough. It is completely within their purview to demand that applicants meet certain base criteria, and if Christian schools cannot meet this criteria, well then that's just too bad. Perhaps they'd best re-think their approach to curriculum and recognize that beyond the cocoon of a Bible-based community, students will be held accountable for whatever education they lack.

Imagine that! Accountability in higher education?!? Preposterous, I say! Absolutely preposterous!


Officious Pedant said...

All of which speaks directly to the impact of imposing the "Christian world view" on a student population that will then have their college plans, and their ability to compete in the global marketplace, scuttled.

This kind of crap is going to cripple these kids in terms of education and career.

les said...

We can only hope the suit fails. Because, CB, they do believe all the ridiculous crap you point out as, well, ridiculous. And it's never enough to let them practice their idiocy in the comfort of their own lairs, we must accept and approve it in ours.

Geo_Chick said...

"Science without religion is lame. Religion without science is blind."

"Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the the universe."

- Both from Einstein

Lily said...

Well, this is an example of those liberal professors again! (I am JUST KIDDING!!) Demanding standards! Wanting a degree of proficiency in math, sciences..- where do they get off? Seriously though, it irks me when people have the mindset that avoidance is helpful academically. Even IF one were to believe in an alternative view on evolution or creation, or ID-whatever- I would still say it is important to learn about Darwinism 'theoretically". I would be more concerned about their lack of respect as potential students for alternative views and diversity of the scope of study...
Now the scary stuff: the groups that support this are already after these colleges and universities, they are already using their fundraising capacity to target higher learning with an eye for inserting their puppets via large donations to departments that get on board. This is a stated strategy, by a self proclaimed "anti-Darwinist". And they are subsidizing the career potential of would be professorial propagandists.