A lot of the debates I come across between Darwinists and Christians, when the subject of science classes in a government school, revolves arounf what should and should not be allowed to be taught.
The Darwinist falls back on “you can’t teach religion in a science class” argument. Now this opens the question, what should be taught in a science class? Should we teach only facts of science? Should we only teach scientific laws? Should we stick to the scientific method?
Of course this is my blog so here is my opinion.
Science class should be to teach kids how to perform science. Simple enough, right? I think most people come out of school wiht out any real understanding on how science is performed or how sciencetists reach their conclusions. Not enough time is spent teaching kids how to be a scientist. I remember the bunson burner fondley, dissecting the frog was a highlight and nothing will beat when my teacher (Mr. Zinc, no kidding that was his name) showed us what happens when certian hosehold chemicals where mixed incorrectly. That is what science class should be.
Teach the kids what the scientific method is. Teach them how to perform experiments and how to keep records of thoe experiments. Show kids how to correctly mix checmicals to get a proper reaction. Demonstrate how different science lab equipment works and how to use them safely.
That should keep them busy. No need to cloud there thinking with theories or disputed facts. Instead of telling the kids that rocks are millions of years old, teach them how radiometric dating works and let them find the answers for themselves. Instead of telling the kids that we evolved from monkies, show them examples of chaneg within species due to natural selection and how to obseve them, then let them make their own observations and come to their own conclusions.
I can sum it up as, let teachers teach how science works and stick to only the proven laws. If you have to trust someone elses research in order to come to your own conclusion, that is not science. In science you should have to do the work yourself and then come to your own conclusion.