Monday, May 15, 2006


Back Door

Tim Townsend of The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has a follow up on an lecture by creationist Mark Riddle, a representative of Answers in Genesis, to students in the Potosi school district in southeast Missouri last week:

Because of the constitutional issues involved, creationists have begun seeking entry through schools' back doors, via the students themselves. In conferences and workshop across the country, typically held in church halls, Answers in Genesis holds training sessions for 7th to 12th graders. Many of the students who participate come from Christian schools or are home-schooled. But some parents pull their children out of public schools to attend the afternoon-long sessions, according to Mark Looy, a vice president and co-founder of Answers in Genesis.


Glenn Branch, deputy director for the National Center of Science Education, sees it differently. "They prepare students to ask questions to embarrass teachers when talking about evolution," he said.


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