But will her husband, newly elected member of the school board Dave Weigand, press for curricular changes? I'm starting to pray he will.
West Bend Daily News
Science skips over catastrophes
This week marks the 30th anniversary of the Mount St. Helens volcanic eruption in Washington state. That eruption resulted in fine and coarse volcanic ash layers from less than an inch to 600 feet deposited in seconds to hours of time. Sedimentary layers, landslides, canyons, plateaus, submerged logs similar to the petrified trees in Yellowstone and peat layers resulted. A canyon similar to and one fortieth the size of the Grand Canyon was formed. If not observed, I wonder what geologists would say about the formation of this canyon.
In 1997 a catastrophic flood in Texas cut a canyon through bedrock. I remember the devastation of my sister's home from the flood resulting in the canyon's formation. It occurred in my lifetime; the results were observable and therefore valid. See www.creation.com/a-gorge-in-three-days.
A student I know takes earth science at the high school. The geology of earth is studied, but all the emphasis is placed on “millions of years” and uniformitarian concepts. The catastrophic model is given a mere mention, if anything. Students are taught the Grand Canyon formed 4.5 million years ago, taking millions of years. We wondered how the teacher could be so sure, especially in light of recent observed catastrophes that rapidly left sedimentary layers and canyons. Some students may not know about such catastrophes and their results. Teaching only uniformitarianism concepts is unfortunate and leads to confusion about the age of the earth.
To be considered real science, data must be observable, testable and repeatable. Eons of geologic time are only someone's guess, not real science. Catastrophes should also be taught as viable causes of what we see on the earth today.
Why not just teach the facts? After all, it’s science class.
Next year, biology. I wonder what “monkey business” will be taught there.
Mary P. Weigand Trenton
The real question is whether there'll be Monkey Business on the school board.