Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Monkey Business in West Bend Schools this fall?

Mary Weigand's letter to the editor this morning ignoring 200 years of science and asking us to do the same.

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.



DanBack said...

I don't understand her. Is her whole faith predicated on the fact that the earth is 10,000 years old? Seems like something pretty silly to hang your hat on if you ask me. What do the teachings of Jesus Christ have to do with the age of the earth?

wbman said...

Time to dig out my copy of "Inherit the Wind". I'd rather watch Fredric March and Spencer Tracy debate this, than read letters from dim bulbs.

Mike said...

You can be guaranteed that thick headed moron will make some stupid decisions.

Free Lunch said...

Mary seems quite happy to repeat the favorite falsehoods of Young Earth Creationists. I would bet that she knows those are falsehoods, but thinks her God wants her to repeat them anyway.