A man in West Virginia is suing the state to get evolution removed from the public schools because learning about evolution hurts his daughter’s chances of getting into college and preparing for a career in veterinary medicine.
I don’t even…
Look, here’s reality for you. If you don’t learn evolution in high school, you will definitely get it in college, especially if you’re a biology major. And if you plan on being a vet, you pretty much definitely will be a biology major.
If you didn’t learn it in high school, you will be behind all the other students. And getting into veterinary school is tough — it is more competitive than getting into med school. Seriously, you need to give your kid every advantage to help them get in, and coaching them in ignorance won’t help.
If you think you can avoid exposing them to evolution at the college level by enrolling them in your local know-nothing Bible college…well, what did I just say about vet schools being competitive? No one is going to be impressed, even if she gets straight “A”s in a substandard school, or worse, a school that isn’t even accredited.
So you bite the bullet and send your daughter to a real school, and you tell her to pray a lot and not listen when the professors explain how the Earth is 4.5 billion years old, or perhaps you tell her to listen and parrot it back on the tests, but don’t believe it. It won’t work. It’s not like evolution represents a small collection of facts she can regurgitate on an exam — it’s a whole body of concepts that reinforce each other and make biology comprehensible. Higher ed is not an exercise in memorization! You can’t pretend her brain is a Chinese room and that she can just shuffle out answers reflexively without thinking about them.
I can’t even imagine going into a field that requires in-depth knowledge about diverse animals, that requires comparative anatomy and physiology, without understanding the relationships between those organisms.
One last thing: sending your daughter off to learn biology while telling her that evolution “has no math to back it” is self-defeating. The first upper level biology course she takes, she will learn that Daddy lied about evolution — it’s a truckload of math. And if Daddy lied about biology, what else has he lied about? Daddy is the kind of Christian atheists love: he raises smart young women and burdens them with faith-based rubbish that is easily demolished, discrediting her religion in the process.
Thanks, Dad. But really, for your daughter’s sake, we’d rather you raised her with a better understanding of how science works, and if you really need to, a religion that is more tolerant and open-minded and slightly more difficult to reduce to a shambolic hateful smear.
By the way, Kenneth Smith has a book, The True Origin of Man, which is largely a heavily fictionalized retelling of the book of Genesis that is obsessively focused on race. A substantial part of it is readable for free (I wasn’t going to pay to read the whole thing), and it was notable for its discussion of Cain sating his lust with an ape, to produce a dark-skinned line of humans. And surprise, when Noah built his ark and the animals came marching two by two to board, he includes two black-skinned people, distinct from Noah’s white family, the children of Cain.
In subsequent generations, Smith’s idea of math is to go on and on about pure white-skinned humans breeding with black-skinned people to produce 50% black/white hybrids, and how if they bred with 100% white-skinned people they make 25% black people, etc., etc., etc. There is also something Smith has invented but never explained, called “kendihuchrodnamixgenesis” (say it ten times real fast, I double dog dare you!), although he does say it is
less effective the closer you are to the pure white race genetically in composition. He also goes on to explain that
primate genetic races to lay its cell building block pattern faster than the human genetic building block pattern that constructs people’s bodies in cellular arrangement, whatever the hell that means.
I don’t think Mr Smith’s influence is going to be especially helpful in getting his daughter into a scientific field.