My son started his sophomore year in high school yesterday. He told me today what he's learning in history class. He's learning primate to man evolution. In history class. Now I fully expected that a public school would teach evolution. But in history class?
Shouldn't evolution be under the realm of science. Isn't evolution a scientific theory?
It looks like I may have to sit in on this class.
So interesting you should bring this up, I had a very similar situation with my son last week, he is in yr 7. That is his first year of high school over here, the students are 12-13. So a little younger than your son.
He goes to a catholic school, we are not catholic but I made that choice because the state schools in our area are just not up to the same educational standard. At the school they have a new way of integrating classes, maths is the only subject that is kept separate, oh and practical PE. the rest of the classes are integrated into each other to what they call CLE's they interchange over the year, so a class could be history, religion and science all rolled into one CLE. That is one of his CLE's at the moment.
We were sitting at the dinner table and I overheard him say to my daughter, "you know Adam and Eve isn't real, it's just a made up story" my daughter responded " yes it is real, it's in the bible, don't you believe in the bible" he said "I know it's in the bible but it's like the story of Noah and the flood, it's not real, there's no evidence" I was gobsmacked listening in, wondering where he got this from, certainly not from home. Then he said "we didn't come from Adam and Eve we are learning about otzi the ice-man and early neanderthals, we evolved from apes, there is proof for that"
I asked him where he got this information from, he told me his teacher at school, in CLE B, (this is a history, science and religion class) I asked him if the teacher specifically said, Adam and Eve and Noah are made up stories with no proof and not real, I badgered the poor kid, I just wanted to make sure that this was exactly what the teacher was saying, he said that those were her exact words.
At a catholic school, in a combined religion class.
I went through catholic schooling, we learnt about the accounts in the bible in religion, we were taught they were real. Then would walk into science and learn about evolution. Now it seems they are teaching in religion that the stories in the bible are just bogus. What next? That the bible itself is not the inspired word of God. That Jesus isn't real?
I had a talk with him, he just said, "mum, your not a teacher, I think the teacher knows what's she talking about"
"Yeah, clearly she doesn't have a clue!" I was going to go to the school and complain, I haven't yet, what's the point, it's not like they will change the curriculum because I go and have a whinge.