Some commenters wondered if the Ken Poppe mentioned in the previous story was the same Ken Poppe who wrote a creationist book, Reclaiming Science
from Darwinism. Yes, it is. He’s at Trail Ridge Middle School, a public school in Longmont, CO, and is listed as teaching 6th grade science. He freely admits to teaching creationist crap to his class, and says that the book grew out of his lessons.
For a quick estimate of the scientific quality of his book, look at the cover. Look carefully. Anyone notice anything … funny … about that putative DNA molecule? Oh, well, it’s just the cover, accuracy doesn’t matter.
With a deep rooted passion for science, one can only imagine the personal
conflict that can come for a person of faith teaching in today’s public schools.
But Ken Poppe’s love of science, his understanding of the origins of life, and
his faith have all compelled him to seek and share truth, despite controversy.
What sparked his interest in the study of intelligent design over evolution?
Ken’s passion and frustration goes back all the way to 9th grade. “My biology
teacher and textbook promoted a walking fish leaving the ancient seas
to become a dinosaur. I felt something was fishy, but it took me awhile to
understand the faulty scientific implications of Darwinism. Later I was
obligated to teach the same evolutionary material,” says Ken.
Although his belief in an intelligent designer (God) as the origin of life went
against the standard teaching, Ken continually found ways to present both
sides. It is one of the ways he feels called to serve God, despite controversy
and job security. “Too many of my own biology students who professed
faith were stumbling over the ‘monkey-to-men’ pictures in the books I’d give
them. For their benefit, I would bring Darwinism into question, but tread
softly because of the disfavor voiced by administration and an occasional
parent.” How did Ken find a way to help his students? “I began writing short
essays on Darwinian failures for optional outside reading.” Those essays
eventually formed into the backbone for Ken’s first book, Reclaiming Science
He likens his life to a journey like that of Esther’s–being in the right place at
the right time. “I now understand how Esther must have felt as events kept
carrying her along. There came a time when she needed to ‘get on board’
because if she didn’t, God would just find someone else. Like her, I’ve learned
to trust a lot more, and be more willing to serve.” And Ken has certainly had
to trust. He has been transferred twice to teaching positions where evolution
is less emphasized in the curriculum. “Some of the bumps in the road have
been tough, but they have always had a positive outcome. God has taken
care of me in some marvelous ways, despite outside circumstances and my
own unwillingness sometimes.” Like Esther, Ken sees his life as a little story
folded into the much bigger story God has going “because I never started
out to write a book!” he laughs.
In other words, this incompetent scumbag is lying to his students, wandering from the established curriculum to confuse the kids with this absurd crackpottery, and the parents and administrators in the Longmont school district are letting him get away with it. They’re clearly aware of the problem, since they’ve been shuffling him around, but I don’t understand why they’re letting him teach science at all.
Seriously, what’s wrong with Colorado? The parents in Dover, PA rose up to throw out the sleazy creationists who tried to slip their propaganda into the schoolroom, but some Coloradans apparently can’t be bothered to care about the quality of their children’s science education.