Thursday, November 10, 2005

Marxism, Evolution, and Kansas

I have been asked to comment on the Kansas decision to question evolution as part of its science curriculum. This is yet another topic that I had put on hiatus.

There is value in learning about things that are wrong. There is a whole cable program devoted to "Military Blunders." That something is mistaken does not mean that it should not be discussed. For this reason, I think every student should learn about Marxism. Yes, it is a failed ideology that resulted (and continues to result) in incredible suffering. But we still need to learn about it.

Schoolchildren should not learn evolution; they should learn about evolution. If the alternatives are as crackpot as most scientists seem to think, the students will be able come to the correct conclusion.

More of my thoughts on the topic are posted here.

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