Thank you, Darwin, for expanding our worldview in such a radical way that 150 years later, people are still fighting your discovery.
My Grandmother told me when I was 10 or so that if my science teachers started telling me that I came from monkeys to just smile and nod and remember that it was all lies because that’s not what it said in the bible. But to be sure and remember what they told me like she did, but only to pass the test.
However, growing up in rural southern Georgia, I wasn’t exposed to evolution until middle school. My first exposure was seeing an entire chapter of my science book blacked out with marker. Upon inquiring as to why, my teacher said “I didn’t come from no monkey, and I’m not teaching you any different than what it says in the bible.”crossposted from fuzzdecay.com.
It's really interesting to me to hear experiences like this, mostly because I think they differ quite a bit from my own. I say "think" because I don't really remember being taught about evolution specifically in grade school at all, though biology was never my favorite subject, so it's entirely likely I just forgot.
It's hard for me to comprehend that people had the kind of experience you did, let alone that it is someone I knew or consider to be extremely intelligent. I even went to a catholic school up through the first quarter of 8th grade, and I know I didn't receive any such "only learn this for the test, but believe the bible" pressure, from either my teachers or my family.
Anyway, agreed on the thanks to Darwin, his ideas certainly changed the world, or at least our understanding of it.
luckily, by the time i made it into highschool I had a a biology teacher that wasn't a bible thumper and actually got some real information. However, by then i'd already researched it on my own and became absolutely enraged by the refusal to teach a legitimate scientific theory in a science class.
well, i am from the state that spawned the "evolution is a theory, not a fact" disclaimers in science text books. i'm sure you'll be glad to know that the school board was sued and had to replace every single book defaced with that sticker :D
I am perplexed by people that think the bible is the literal truth. the only things the bible is consistent about are glorifying questionable morality and contradicting itself. how on earth can something be the literal truth if for every passage, there's a later passage that says the exact opposite thing?
On November 30th, 2009 07:11 am (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
holy shit that's crazy. ...of course, i was still in high school when kansas was making news for, what was it, considering bringing creationism into the classroom just to keep things 'equal'? i'm pretty sure they were only 'discussing it' at that point, because i certainly didn't get any such fantastically equal opportunity lessons, but... man, what a crazy fucking world.