The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Opinion

August 13, 2012

Your View: Objective consideration

BAXTER SPRINGS, Kan. — Paul Teverow’s guest column (Globe, Aug. 2) mentioned the inadvisability of allowing a student’s religious sensibilities to guide his classroom work. This is an important principle. A school should present an objective study of a subject. A student’s intellectual development demands that he face and tolerate beliefs other than his own. The ancient Greeks believed that Zeus resides on Mount Olympus. But recent archaeological studies have revealed no traces of Zeus. The student must be willing to consider this fact.

Banning the teaching of intelligent design because it might offend the religious sensibilities of atheists is a case in point. When education is driven by a particular creed, it is no longer education. Students have a right to receive knowledge of a subject and not be indoctrinated by the teacher. But they should learn to tolerate beliefs other than their own.

The concept of intelligent design deserves objective consideration, with the teacher giving the pros and cons. To brush it off as unscientific is a quibble. Much of what is taught in schools is unscientific.

Donald E. Corder

Baxter Springs, Kan.

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